Nawangwe Zaake case Rules committee
Parliament disappointed over lack of CCTV footage regarding Zaake’s alleged attacks on Prof Nawangwe. File Photo

There is no CCTV footage regarding Nawangwe Zaake’s alleged attacks on Mak Prof Nawangwe – MPs

Parliament’s committee of rules, privileges and discipline has indicated that there is no camera surveillance footage regarding alleged intimidation chants by the Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake towards Makerere University Vice-Chancellor (VC), Professor Barnabas Nawangwe.

Following the recent protests by Mak students towards the 15% tuition increment policy, Parliament invited the Vice-Chancellor to discuss not only the causes of the persistent strike then but also other problems affecting the University.

During the meeting, MP Zaake continuously heckled and posed many questions towards VC Nawangwe. Besides, he followed him up and verbally attacked him as he exited the committee meeting room as Professor Nawangwe narrated recently.

“The insults happened while in the committee room adding that, “even when the members asked him to stop the insults, he continued to point fingers at me almost beating me up.

“Hon. Zaake hurled insults at me saying that if I did not change my attitude while as the VC, he shall make sure that there are more strikes during my reign. His main reason was to intimidate me throughout the whole session,” Nawangwe said in his first meeting with the committee.

Meanwhile, following a Thursday 5th, December meeting, the committee that had set to discuss the case for both parties failed to come up with a solution since they had no CCTV footage to give a clear insight into the matter.

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Ms Nyiramahoro Annabelle, the District Police Commander (DPC) of Parliament submitted one-minute camera footage which did not show anything that transpired that day when MP Zaake confronted the VC.

In response, Ms Nyiramahoro told the MPs that there are no cameras inside the room.

‘’They are only planted outside in the corridors and so we couldn’t capture what was going on,’’ she said.

The committee chairperson, Mr Ongalo Obote Clement questioned how they are going to settle this matter in absence of evidence from the footage adding that it is high time more cameras are brought into all Parliament premises.

“This shows that there is a gap in the security system of Parliament. The same thing happened recently when we were investigating the matter between Gen Elly Tumwine and Hon Cecilia Ogwal, the footage was not sufficed,” Mr Obote advising those in charge of security at Parliament to take the matter seriously and install more cameras in all Parliament premises.

By John Dalton Kigozi