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After Zaake's insulting words to the deputy speaker, Bardege-Layibi Division MP Martin Mapendizu earlier moved the motion for Zaake to be removed from the Parliament Commission. FILE PHOTO

The Parliament Commission has made a decision to expel Francis Zaake from the Parliament for disrespectful statements directed at the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, after 155 legislators voted to do so.

A total of 155 legislators have voted to remove Francis Zaake, the Mityana Municipality MP from the Parliament Commission for disrespectful statements aimed at the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ms Anita Among.

Bardege- Layibi Division MP Martin Mapendizu earlier moved the motion in the August house for the removal of Zaake from the Parliament Commission after his insulting words to the deputy speaker.

The committee had been investigating Mr Zaake for two weeks over these alleged abusive tweets targeting Among’s position in parliament.

The committee is the top decision-making body of parliament and comprises among others the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Leader of Opposition and four backbench commissioners. 

The term of office for the four backbench commissioners is two and a half years. A total of 155 legislators voted for his removal while four members voted against it. The tally also registered two invalid votes.

After the motion to censure Mr Zaake was carried, Ms Among said he would be required to apologise to the House within one week.

“We ask the Opposition to give us another name,” Among demanded.

Earlier on during the rules committee meeting chaired by Abdu Katuntu, the Bugweri county legislator adopted the majority rule on Zaake’s case.

The committee demanded that MP Zaake apologises to the House and the Commission addresses his concern about personal security. The MP’s security detail as a Commissioner was withdrawn after he was accused of the above misconduct.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 chaired.

Who is Francis Zaake?

Born on 12th January 1991, MP Francis Zaake is the Commissioner of Parliament representing the entire Opposition on the Ugandan Parliament’s highest decision-making organ.

Zaake has been a prominent figure in parliament. He first joined Parliament in 2016 after winning an election as an independent.

In 2020 he registered as a member of the National Unity Platform (NUP) party. In January 2021, he contested on the NUP ticket for MP, Mityana Municipality and won a second term in office.