Unity Platform –NUP president, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has said that Mityana
Municipality MP, Francis Zaake remains their choice for a Parliamentary
Kyagulanyi told journalists at Parliament on Thursday that Zaake’s censure was
NUP nominated Zaake to the Parliamentary Commission as a back-bench member at
the beginning of the 11th Parliament last year. The other three back-bench
Commissioners are from the ruling National Resistance Movement –NRM
The Commission is composed of the Speaker as chair, and also has the Deputy
Speaker (Anita Among), the Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja), the Leader of
Opposition (Mathias Mpuuga), the Government Chief Whip (Thomas Tayebwa), and
Finance Minister (Matia Kasaija).
“My stand on Honorable Zaake’s plight, I have been numerously been well
represented by our leaders…by the office of the Leader of Opposition and I
don’t defer from that position. The censure was irregular and the process was
done in an illegal manner. As far as we are concerned, the Honorable Francis
Zaake is our Commissioner,” said Kyagulanyi in part.
Kyagulanyi says that it was irregular for the Deputy Speaker to be a
complainant in the matter and also preside over the House to vote out MP Zaake.
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Last week, Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga questioned the manner in which Zaake
was removed from the Parliamentary Commission. He argued that the House needed
265 MPs to vote in favor of the motion seeking to remove him but only 155 MPs
voted in favour, contrary to a requirement under the Rules of Procedure for 50
percent plus one member of the voting MPs to support the motion. The 11th
Parliament has a total of 529 MPs.
Earlier, the Rules, Privileges and Discipline Committee recommended that Zaake
apologizes to the House for his actions that are tantamount to indiscipline. In
its report, the committee confirmed that Zaake made statements on his social
media accounts of Facebook and Twitter and that the statements brought
Parliament into disrepute.
committee also reported that Zaake was in breach of the rule on public trust
and confidence under the Code of Conduct of MPs and recommended that he
apologizes to the House.
The report is a result of a probe that followed a complaint raised by the
Bardege-Layibi Division MP, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi who wanted to move a motion
for Zaake’s removal from the parliamentary commission over abusive tweets, he
posted targeting Deputy Speaker Anita Among, as an individual and as a
In his post, made on February 9, Zaake, a member of the opposition’s National
Unity Platform –NUP said Among was a dishonest person who lacked
were in response to Among’s comment about Zaake’s recovery, which earned
parliament gold at the East African Parliamentary Games, despite claims that he
had been tortured while in State custody. She made the remarks during a debate
on a statement tabled by the Acting Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs,
On Thursday, Zaake petitioned the Constitutional Court seeking a temporary
injunction to block his removal from office as a Commissioner of Parliament.