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155 MPs vote to remove Zaake from Parliament Commission

Mityana Municipality legislator, Mr Francis Zaake. PHOTO/DAVID LUBOWAMityana Municipality legislator, Mr Francis Zaake. PHOTO/DAVID LUBOWA

What you need to know:The committee had been investigating Mr Zaake for two weeks over his alleged abusive tweets, targeting the deputy Speaker, Ms Anita Among, as an individual and as a presiding officer.A total of 155 MPs on Thursday evening voted to remove Mr Francis Zaake, the Mityana Municipality MP of the National Unity Platform (NUP), from the Parliament Commission for disparaging the Deputy Speaker, Ms Anita Among.Only four members voted against the removal of Mr Zaake, while the tally registered two invalid votes.After the motion to censure Mr Zaake was carried, Ms Among said he will be required to apologise to the House within one week.”We ask the Opposition to give us another name,” she said.Moments before the voting which was by secret ballot, some members of the Opposition exited the chamber.

The motion for the removal of Mr Zaake was moved by Gulu City West MP, Ojara Mapenduzi after the House adopted the majority report authored by Parliament’s Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline chaired by Bugweri County MP, Abdu Katuntu.
The committee in its recommendations had asked Mr Zaake to apoligise to the House saying his conduct was not proper and amounted to misbehavior and misconduct.
The committee had been investigating Mr Zaake for two weeks over his alleged abusive tweets, targeting the deputy Speaker, Ms Anita Among, as an individual and as a presiding officer.
While presenting their report on the floor of the House on Thursday, Mr Katuntu said that after the committee’s evaluation of the submissions and evidence, the members observed that Mr Zaake did not take steps provided in the Rules of Procedure to challenge the words of the presiding officer which allegedly led him to post the impugned social media posts. 

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