The Committee on Rules has granted Mityana Municipality MP
Francis Zaake two days to scrutinize video evidence in which he reportedly harassed Makerere University Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe.
Zaake reportedly insulted Nawangwe for failing to answer his
questions during an inquiry into the strike that paralyzed Makerere
University a month ago. The students were challenging a 15 per cent cumulative
increment on tuition for new students.
Appearing before the committee today, Zaake defied the
committees' probe as he remained tight-lipped and demanded that he should be
allowed to consult with a lawyer. Zaake also demanded to be given two
weeks to prepare his submission, and also scrutinise evidence against him. He also insisted that he only received the sermons today.
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However, committee chair Clement Obote Ongalo said the time
Zaake had requested was unreasonable and asked the MP to speak on the
allegations against him where it is said he accused Nawangwe of being
uneducated, being in possession of a gun and also having girlfriends as spies.
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Zaake however maintained his stand that he cannot speak as he
needs time. Obote Ongalo however said he would be forced to write a report
indicating that they had enough time interacting with Zaake but he was not
compliant. He says Zaake was making his work so hard.
Jacob Oboth Oboth, the West Budama South MP advised Zaake to
respond to the committee saying it would not be in Zaake’s interest to prolong
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The chair Obote finally ruled giving Zaake two days, saying
Zaake will have no excuse next time.
Zaake will now interact with the committee on Wednesday.