Witnesses summoned by Parliament’s Rules, Privileges, and Discipline Committee detailed a contentious incident involving Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake during a November 29 plenary session. Accusations surfaced against Zaake for purported disorderly conduct in a face-off with Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa.
Director of Clerks in Parliament, Ignatius Kasirye, and other parliamentary staff faulted Zaake for initiating chaos in the house. Kasirye highlighted Zaake’s persistent behavior despite the Deputy Speaker’s instructions, which escalated into commotion, leading to a temporary suspension of the session.
Deputy Sergeant-at-arms, Atim Edin Sheila, reinforced the accounts, citing Zaake’s refusal to heed the Speaker’s guidance, leading to elevated shouting and disruption. The session was adjourned for five minutes to mitigate the escalating situation.
Senior Assistant Clerk, Merina Barungi, echoed similar sentiments, elucidating Zaake’s rejection of directives, which prompted the suspension of the House amid his insistence on addressing the matter immediately.
In a twist during the hearing, Zaake’s lawyer, Erias Lukwago, accused the committee chairperson, Abdu Katuntu, of obstructing cross-examination of the key witness, Ignatius Kasirye. Lukwago expressed dismay over the protection granted to the witness, leading to a deadlock in questioning.
Lukwago additionally requested the appearance of Mr. Tayebwa and Mr. Nambeshe before the committee to shed light on the alleged misconduct. He emphasized Tayebwa’s significance in elucidating the incident’s specifics.
Chairperson Katuntu deferred the decision on summoning witnesses to the upcoming hearing, slated for the following Tuesday. The session promises further examination and deliberation on the incident involving MP Zaake, amplifying scrutiny over the contentious parliamentary conduct.
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