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Opposition Stands By as Zaake is Ejected from Commissioner Job at Parliament

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The Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Parliament, Mr Mathias Mpuuga, has stated that the Opposition is going to stand by their colleague, Mr Francis Zaake (Mityana Municipality), following his removal in the House as a backbench member in the Parliamentary Commission.

Mr Mpuuga made these remarks on Friday while addressing media at Parliament, a day after Mr Zaake was removed from the position following a secret ballot exercise conducted within the House.

Legislators last Thursday voted to remove Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake from the Parliament Commission for disparaging the Deputy Speaker, Ms Anita Among.

However, the farcical removal of Mityana Municipality MP, Mr Francis Zaake, from the coveted position as a Commissioner in Parliament for insulting the deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ms Anita Among, has amplified the fault-lines within the Opposition rank.

A total of 155 legislators voted to remove Mr Zaake from the position, four voted in his favour while two invalid votes were registered

 “We assert the fact that the events of (last) Thursday were not only illegal but were avoidable,” Mr Mpuuga said.

 “Secondly, as the Opposition, we restate that our member shall be supported all through as he seeks justice. He has a right to seek alternative justice and we are not only obliged but we are also duty bound to stand with our member whom we think is being unfairly judged. We shall be by his side as he seeks justice,” he added.

Mr Mpuuga also stated that Mr Zaake would personally come out to address the matter at an appropriate time.

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Mr Zaake’s troubles began on February 9 after allegedly posting abusive tweets against Ms Anita Among, the Deputy Speaker, who in return referred the matter to the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline, chaired by Mr Abdu Katuntu, who presented a report during last Thursday’s sitting after an investigation of two weeks on the matter.

After Mr Zaake’s dismissal, Ms Among asked the Opposition to give another name of a Commissioner.

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Jolliebest Kasajja is a Ugandan Photo Journalist, Influencer, Photo and Videographer, Nnews Editor and Critic for African Politics.