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MP Zaake voted out of Parliamentary Commission 

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By Umaru Kashaka     

The Mityana Municipality MP, Francis Zaake, has been voted out of the Parliamentary Commission for allegedly insulting Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among on his Twitter account last month.

A total of 155 MPs voted in favour of a motion for his removal and four against during the plenary session presided over by Among yesterday, Thursday.

Bardege-Layibi Division MP Martin Mapenduzi (Independent) moved the motion for Zaake’s removal from the commission as a backbencher.

The commission is the top decision-making organ of Parliament and comprises the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Leader of the Opposition and four backbench commissioners.

The term of office of the four backbench commissioners in the commission is two-and-a-half years.

After the voting, Among said Zaake will be required to apologise to the House within two weeks.

“We ask the Opposition to give us another name,” she said.

Deputy Speaker Anita Among presides over parliament plenary last year

Earlier in the day, the House adopted the majority report of the rules committee chaired by Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu and rejected the minority one.

The committee recommended that Zaake apologises to the House and the commission addresses his concern about personal security.

Zaake’s security  detail as a commissioner was withdrawn after he was accused of misconduct.

“The committee appeals to MPs to act with restraint and decorum both within and outside the precincts of Parliament. Each MP bears a duty to give honour and respect to the institution of parliament,” Katuntu said during the presentation of the majority report.

During the debate, Rukiga County MP Roland Ndyomugyenyi said Zaake should be voted out to “dignify” Parliament.

However, some opposition MPs walked out of the session in protest.

Woman MP Aisha Kabanda of the National Unity Platform party, which Zaake belongs to, said they recommended that the parties reconcile for “smooth running of Parliament and avoidance of unnecessary tension”.

However, her advice fell on deaf ears as MPs went ahead to vote by secret ballot on Mapenduzi’s motion.

Zaake was on February 15 sent to the rules committee over misconduct.

 

 

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