MP Zaake Nawangwe
I did not threaten to beat Prof. Nawangwe, Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake insists. File Photo

Zaake explained that his decision to follow Prof. Nawangwe outside was based on the fact that he was denied the chance to raise all his concerns to him

The Mityana Municipality MP, Francis Zaake, has insisted that he had no intentions of beating up Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe as particular sources have been indicating.

Earlier following the October strike in Makerere University that involved students protesting against the 15% tuition increment policy that they believe was signed without their proper consent.

Students were demanding the University to consider revising the policy they termed as unfair and a big hindrance not only to those on government but also those on private sponsorship who have to toil hard to get their tuition.

On 29th later that month, the University Council also held an emergency meeting and decided to halt any further increment on functional fees, but kept the 15% increase on tuition fees for the next three years.

This decision was not acceptable to a section of the students and days later continued rioting.

This prompted the Parliament disciplinary committee to invite the Vice-Chancellor to discuss not only the causes of the strike then but also other problems affecting the University.

During this meeting, sources indicated that MP Zaake continuously heckled and questioned the Professor in a manner that many claims were disrespectful including following him up and verbally attacked him as he exited the committee meeting room.

This called for action from the Speaker of Parliament Hon Rebecca Kadaga who stated that Zaake had acted contrary to the House Rules of Procedure on the conduct of members and referred his case to the Committee on Rules on 7 November 2019.

Nawangwe Francis Zaake threatened
VC Nawangwe meets Rules Committee over Zaake’s attacks

However, in a sitting held on Wednesday 18 December 2019, MP Zaake was asked to clarify on the allegations of misconduct towards the professor but refuted all the claims stating that he only questioned Nawangwe like any other person would have done.

“To the best of my knowledge I did not behave in a non-parliamentary manner, I did not threaten him,” Zaake said during the meeting adding that the investigations by the Parliament committee are diverting the public’s attention from what transpired.

MP Zaake said that during the strike many students were injured mercilessly something that portrayed bad leadership and management at the institution but Parliament is forgetting all that and now focusing on him yet Nawangwe was even laughing throughout the whole sitting.

Besides, he explained that his decision to follow the Professor outside was based on the fact that he was denied the chance to raise all his concerns to him while still inside so he decided to use the opportunity after the meeting.

‘’I took the opportunity to put across queries I had wanted to ask during the committee meeting but was denied a chance so that is why I accessed him outside,’’ Zaake added.

By John Dalton Kigozi