Opinion: The 10 million shilling question

This weekend, Mityana Member of Parliament (MP) Francis Zaake got hitched. However the pleasantries of the ceremony and celebration was overshadowed by a gift given by the Speaker of Parliament Anita Among. The Speaker gave the MP a gift of 10 million shillings in an envelope from a fellow MP.

The question isn’t where it went, initially it was most likely picked up and possibly returned to the MP by either a family member or an associate. We know that Zaake together with voters of Mityana wanted to look correct. So, to take the money from the Speaker would be a bad omen. Especially, after the affair and how the Speaker impeached him from the Office of Commissioner. Therefore, there been bad blood.

However, Zaake clearly tried to be cordial and peaceful with inviting her to his wedding. A wedding which she didn’t attend. That’s her prerogative and no one can blame her for not showing up. It is not like Zaake is her kind or an ally in the first place. This was just done as a friendly gesture, I suppose from the MP.

The outrage towards the reaction of Zaake has been disproportionate in consideration to other cases in his regard. It is like he did offend the Don and the Mob. Like Zaake should just be happy about the money and accept the gift. If he did accept the money and had taken it blindly. That could have directly seemed like a bribe and an “envelope”.

Some says this was childish and out of order of Zaake. No one should be shocked by this. No, it was in the line of his party and his stances. That he would rebel and be reactionary. As a National Unity Platform (NUP) MP he needs to be direct and rebuke the dictatorship. That’s why it was according to these values that he took a stance against the envelope of cash.

The ones that questions that is within reason too. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t expect anything else from him. He has been scorned and been a target of the state. It isn’t like he haven’t gotten easily away from the oppressive acts of the state. That’s maybe why he acted out and didn’t do it silently. Some would maybe just take the envelope and return it to the Office of the Speaker. Even if that make it seems questionable and that he accepted it in the first place. Just to later change his mind and return it.

Some might say: “a gift is a gift”. Is it really so? Wouldn’t there and couldn’t it be some strings attached? Especially, after the sort of role and manners of which the Speaker is running the Parliament?

If the Speaker had been independent and been an honest actor. The actions of Zaake wouldn’t have happened. Neither if the regime the Speaker is serving would be fair either. Than this would have been a no go.

The 10 million shilling question is now? Where will the money go and who has it. Because, there is where the last truth of it all remains. The money is either pocketed by the family or himself. We will see over the weekend if it is returned to sender.

The outburst has caused a stir and people are acting offended. Like no one could dare to question a donation or a gift. Like the Republic itself haven’t maligned donations or aid in the past either. This is just a microscope of the troubles of the Republic. If everything was fine and dandy. Than Zaake wouldn’t have done a single thing.

He would just have danced and been jolly as the day moved along. Instead, he had a moment and now it’s a talk of the town. Peace.

Opinion: Among acting as a Speaker and LoP

“Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has rejected LoP Mathias Mpuuga’s decision to replace Ojara Mapenduzi as chairperson of the Local Government Parliamentary Accountability Committee with FDC Gilbert Olanya. Anita, who presided over plenary on Tuesday, insisted that Ojara’s committee is still working on key reports. “I am also aware the committee is in its final stages of reporting on the Auditor General’s Findings for the financial year 2020/21,” the Speaker said” (Jonah Kirabo – ‘Speaker Among blocks NUP from removing Mapenduzi from Local Government committee’ 03.08.2022, Nile Post).

The Speaker of the 11th Parliament this week rejected parts of the Leader of Opposition mini reshuffle of the Shadow Cabinet. The LoP is the one in-charge of the Shadow Cabinet and the ones that appoints the members of it. This is not the duty or the position of the Speaker to withhold.

However, she has already involved herself in using a social media post to launch a campaign and investigation into opposition Member of Parliament Francis Zaake. A man who lost his additional office and post in the Parliament. So, her actions stopping the removal of Ojara Mapenduzi is following a pattern. That is obvious.

Things are to personal and too close to home for the Speaker. She wants to not only control all parts of the Parliament, but also have a say in everything. I wonder, would she have blocked Norbert Mao from becoming Minister? Would she have dared to stop the removal of former Minister Justice because she liked him? Well, I don’t think she would dare to question or even consider asking about a motion or a protocol from the Head of State. No, she is just accepting and moving on.

The Speaker is playing impartial and acts like this for a reason. It seems like the opposition was an ally and the loss of prominence hurt her case. The LoP should be able to and be able to reshuffle the cabinet as he pleases. Just as the President can appoint and remove ministers. That’s their position and their offices. Yes, you can question the characters and wonder if they are fit for the job. However, the LoP is duty bound to have a shadow cabinet and the President to appoint his. The Speaker is just there to preside and ensure the appointees get into office through the right procedures- However, here she is indirectly telling the LoP to keep a member, which he deems unfit.

Would Among ever do that to Museveni about a Cabinet member?

The answer to that is a “no” and shouldn’t even think of double-crossing or questioning his reasoning. She is there to serve and collect salary. That’s why reading about the blocking of the LoP is infuriating. Since she is not doing her job but acting as she can control and decide for the LoP. Which isn’t her role.

Speaker Among should know better, but she prefers to be hostile and interfere in other people’s business. She acts like an overlord in Parliament. In this regard she isn’t securing business of the Parliament going as scheduled, but instead take a stance on how the LoP operates. Which she has already done once with the removal of Zake from another office in Parliament.

The Speaker should review her own actions and start to question if she is the problem or the one with serious issues. Since she wants to be the LoP and the Speaker at the same time. That’s how it’s looking to me. Peace.

Opinion: The Public Trust in the 11th Parliament is at an all time low [and it’s not because of Zaake]

We know that the Deputy Speaker Anita Among only in her dreams wish she had the reputation or ability to bring confidence to the role of the chambers like Rebecca Kadaga ones did. However, she cannot and never will. The Deputy Speaker must miss Speaker Jacob Oulanyah. As he oozes some confidence and bravado, which she doesn’t. Neither can she set any good agenda or program, which will really help the nation.

No the stagnation of the Parliament is evident. The 11th Parliament is a stale atmosphere and not the sort of place for the future. That is done on purpose and the Parliament is most of the time busy with mediocre plans, lack-lustre government programs and adding more debt. The state isn’t discussing the gas, petroleum prices or commodities become more costly. The public isn’t seeing that..

No, the Deputy Speaker is saying Zaake has a deliver her an apology within a week and get the opposition to give the Parliament a new name for Parliament Commissioner after the late night vote against Zaake. That is how the Parliament is acting in 2022.

Just as COVID-19 Funds are unaccounted for, Parish Development Model is launched and there is plenty of other things on the table. There is lack of funds, fiscal incapacity and deficit recycling of debt. There is unsecured government loans and lack of transparency of these. As well as other dire matters, but her own honour is more important for “public trust” in the 11th Parliament.

That is when you know someone has the audacity. She acts like the Parliament and the lives of the MPs is hers to control. The words and the speaking in private or public doesn’t matter. Heck, if it is done in the Chambers or in Committee. Hell, it doesn’t even matter if it is quickly typed on social media. No, as long as her honour is breached. She has all the rights of the world to strike vengeance.

Who cares if teachers are lacking pay? Hospitals are run like shoddy public enterprises? If the medicine is running low or out of date? Who cares if the roads authority or any other state owned enterprise is run like a sweat-shop with no future earnings? Well, that doesn’t matter for the Deputy Speaker. As long as nobody questions her or her own words.

She just deserves the medal and the glory. Anita Among is the greatest among men. Her majestic outlook on life and her attitude is what everyone should aspire too. Where you have the guts and the gull of going after an opponent and later clip of his wings. While talking about procedure and calling it a transgression. Alas, she also offended him, but he has to double down on apologizing after taking away the role in Parliament.

The Deputy Speaker could make her role prominent and in the absence of the Speaker. Prove that she was worth a damn. Instead, she’s insulting herself and just showing the world how she is beneath the role. The ones entertaining this is accepting that one person is the victim, the judge and the executioner of the same petition. That’s what she has done and her majority party has played along.

This just shows how pointless and vindictive the NRM is. They have no spine or hearts, they are just out to take the others down. While they don’t address torture or even understands a torture victim among their own. Instead, they are punishing a victim, who was ridiculed by the Deputy Speaker. Who is again asking for Zaake to humiliate himself and beg for forgiveness. While she haven’t been held accountable at all.

The Deputy Speaker deserves a medal, an honorary title and a diploma, which could be spiced out and the red-carpet for her. In such a manner that she thinks she’s getting an Oscar or Grammy, but instead getting the “Good Grief, how dare you woman!”. Because, that all that she deserves and she’s clearly not fit for her role or title. She shouldn’t be there and is unfit. When she carries herself like this. That is beneath her station and her passage of rules of procedure in Parliament. Peace.

Opinion: 11th Parliament removes Zaake and now they better at all times act like saints!

Some opposition MPs have exited the chambers of Parliament as voting on a motion to remove Hon Zaake Francis as Commissioner of Parliament begins. This Follows a Motion moved by Hon. Ojara Mapenduzi to remove Zaake from his position as Commissioner” (Baba TV Uganda, 10.03.2022).

The censor or discipline of Honourable Member of Parliament Francis Zaake of Mityana District only shows how the 11th Parliament have failed it’s mission. The 11th Parliament is going after him and what he did on social media. After he reacted to how the Deputy Speaker Anita Among told him off in the plenary session. Therefore, the whole 11th Parliament has to now show it’s true nature and how it has live up to this standard.

What is also very significant in the case of Zaake is that the Deputy Speaker is the Complainant, Judge and Executioner. While a Report was written on him, but not that it said anything significant. It only proven that certain government agencies aren’t fit to investigate or have the skills to look into digital spaces, which is ironic… since those bodies are supposed to monitor and address these. Alas, the report in question only shows how far-fetched and blatant it is.

Before we take leave of this matter. the Committee does remind all Honorable Members of Parliament that they owe the institution of Parliament and the I public a duty to maintain public

trust and confidence in the integrity of Parliament. Honourable Members should be well versed with the Code of Conduct as provided for in Appendix F of our Rules of Procedure.

4. The Committee appeals to Hon. Members to act with restraint and decorum both within and outside the precincts of Parliament. Each Member of Parliament bears a duty to give honour and

respect to the institution of Parliament” (Committee Report on Zaake, March 2022).

Even if the 11th Parliament rules of procedure says this:

84. Use of unparliamentary language

It is out of order to use offensive, abusive, insulting, blasphemous or unbecoming words or to impute improper motives to a Member or to make personal allusions” (Rules of Procedure, 11th Parliament, 2021).

The words used by the Deputy Speaker could be accused of being abusive or improper, as she stated Zaake deserved a medal and she didn’t take into account the torture that the state has brought unto him on several of occasions. It is not like Zaake doesn’t know what this means and he was even blocked from travelling to India for treatment after one of the accounts of torture. Therefore, her own words was abusive. However, his reaction on social media (Twitter) was grounds enough to make motion. Nevertheless, the Deputy Speaker isn’t questioned or her words. Which should be under as much scrutiny, if there would be any fairness, but knowing the mental capacity of the Chief Whip and his associates. We know that is too much to ask for in 2022.

In Appendix F it says this:

5. Public Trust

Members shall at all times conduct themselves in a manner which will maintain and strengthen the public’s trust and confidence in the integrity of Parliament and never undertake any action which may bring the House or its Members generally, into disrepute” (Rules of Procedure, 11th Parliament, 2021).

What is funny when the MPs who are making the report and the judgment of voting him off. They are deliberately setting a standard for themselves, which will be hard to follow. These folks cannot have outbursts, speak out of line or act with swift retorts on social media. Neither can they speak out of character on Television or on Radio. Because, then they would act like Honourable Zaake did on Twitter and they cannot do that. They have to act within the same parameter as they set on others. We know the Chief Whip and Deputy Speaker is only interested in taking a stance and save their own.

However, in this with all due respect. They are only undermining themselves and being vindictive. They are only showing a disregard for free speech and ability to have self defence. The NRM MPs and everyone who supports this is engaging on a small and very very narrow path to self-destruction. The MPs are putting in mufflers and silencers on their mouths and typing-fingers. They cannot text or talk freely, because if they do… they should end up like Zaake.

We ask the Opposition to give us another name” – Deputy Speaker Among (10.03.2022).

What is striking is how the Deputy Speaker could do this and pull it off. It shows her true character and lack of spine. If she ever gets hurts and defend herself. She better act like lady and no say a word. Since, she didn’t allow Zaake to say anything without consequences. She better act correct and be the divine angle God created her to be. That’s how the world should see this…

155 MPs have voted to remove Mityana Municipality MP (NUP) Hon Francis Zaake from the Parliament Commission for disparaging the Deputy Speaker Anita Among. Four people voted against the removal of Hon Francis Zaake, while the tally registered two invalid votes” (Parliament of Uganda, 10.03.2022).

After this evenings proceedings in Parliament. What the 11th Parliament Members of Parliament needs to do at all time. They need to be civil, accurate, in accordance and be gentle. These MPs needs to act like saints and never ever think any ill. The Deputy Speaker better be on her best behaviour. Since, she has gotten off the hook and punished someone for retorting against her. That’s the reality here. It is nothing noble or grandeur about it.

The 11th Parliament is only showing its vindictive and lack of character. These are supposed to be leaders of men, but instead are just sheep following command. Those people voting in the chambers of Parliament at night of the 10th March 2022 are people without spines or personality. They are only there to serve a purpose for the President and the State House. These folks cannot carry themselves or ideals. That’s why they accept this bondage and they should act careful in the future.

Since they are showing the world how little talk, discussion or expression of though that is allowed by the Members. Therefore, they better be correct and come in the same name. If not… they should serve a similar predicament, as the game is set and how little it took to take someone down. Peace

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