The Opposition party National Unity Platform has disobeyed the deputy speaker Anita Among to submit another person to replace the impeached Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake, from the position of commissioner.
This was revealed by Mr David Lewis Rubongoya, the NUP secretary general while addressing journalists yesterday at their head offices in Kamwokya.
According to him, they still regard Zaake as their commissioner referring to the recent censorship as a political witch-hunt.
“We are protesting the so-called censorship in Parliament of our own member, Hon Zaake. We don’t have another person in that position and we shall not send any other name…,” Mr Rubongoya said.
“There have been many people who wanted to prove that they are too powerful but ended up in the ditch. We advise to go slow with that self-seeking nature,” he added.
A total of 155 legislators voted to remove Mr Zaake from the Parliament Commission for allegedly disparaging the deputy Speaker, Ms Anita Among.
Only four members voted against the removal of Mr Zaake while the tally registered two invalid votes.
The motion for the removal of Mr Zaake was moved by the Bardege-Layibi Division MP, Mr Ojara Mapenduzi, after the House adopted the majority report authored by Parliament’s Committee on Rules, Privileges, and Discipline chaired by the Bugweri County MP, Mr Abdu Katuntu.
According to NUP, this did not provide a quorum for the House to censor Zaake as provided for by the rules of procedure in Parliament.
Section 93 (1, 2, 3 and 4) of the Rules of Procedure (for the 11th Parliament) on the questions to be decided by majority stipulate that “Except as otherwise prescribed by the Constitution or any law consistent with the Constitution, all questions proposed for the decision of Parliament shall be determined by a majority of votes of the members present and voting.
Mr Chris Obore, the spokesperson of Parliament, told the media yesterday that under Section 7 (6) of the Administration of Parliament Act, the commission acts even when there is a vacancy.
“The law also states that there shall be four backbench commissioners one of whom shall be from the Opposition side. Therefore, if the Opposition does not send a member, it means the Commission will work with the unfilled vacancy,” Mr Obore said.
However on the issue of quorum in the commission, Mr Obore said that lack of quorum doesn’t arise in this case.