“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