The opposition have resolved that they will send back the name of Francis Zaake for the position of Parliamentary commissioner despite his impeachment.
Zaake was impeached last Thursday, with 155 MPs voting in favour and four MPs voting against. Deputy Speaker Anita Among also directed Zaake to apologise to the House. The Deputy Speaker again asked the opposition to nominate another member who will replace Zaake.
But according to Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi, the manner in which Zaake was impeached was an abuse of Parliament’s rules of procedure.
“There is going to be no apology whatsoever. We decided that we shall send back his (Zaake) name. We have to defeat that impunity mentality,” he said while appearing in NBS TV’s morning talk show on Monday, March 14, 2022.
The Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga on Friday also described as illegality, the parliamentary proceedings that led to the expulsion of Zaake from his position as Commissioner. Mpuuga said the parliamentary rules of procedure were breached.
And according to Kivumb, who is the leader of the Buganda Parliamentary Caucus, Zaake’s censure was a total dictatorship of the House.
“That censure speaks about the spirit and the move behind it. It wasn’t intended to instil discipline or check indiscipline. It was a different ball game altogether. One of the cardinal traits of a leader is tolerance. When you tolerate leadership of intolerance, it’ll come back to haunt you,” he said.
“Hon. Francis Zaake actually said sorry to the Deputy Speaker, but his issue was he was also hurt by the words of Deputy Speaker Anita Among. What she said was below the belt. I met Hon. Mapenduzi on a one on one about the issue of Hon. Francis Zaake, the Secretary-General Lewis Rubongoya, also met him, and he agreed to drop the issue. He betrayed us,” he said.
Addressing journalists shortly after the censure on Friday, Mpuuga also made it clear that the National Unity Platform (NUP) has no intention whatsoever of replacing Zaake.
“Hon Zaake is still a Parliamentary Commissioner. He was nominated by NUP and the idea of nominating any other commissioner is not in party plans. Parliament was erred in procedure when it subjected Zaake to double punishment,” the Nyendo-Mukungwe legislator said.
He added: “We take cognizance of this and we thought that even a first-year student would be able to discern the fact that that’s not tenable anywhere in the law. We take exception to the fact that; Parliament was totally wrong to subject a member to double punishment and they resolved informality that it’s acceptable. That is a very serious flaw in the procedure.”