The Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba has revealed that his party still recognizes Francis Zaake Butebi as a Parliamentary Commissioner despite his censure.
Mr Mpuuga made it categorically clear that the National Unity Platform (NUP) has no intention whatsoever of replacing the Mityana Municipality legislator.
On Thursday, 155 MPs voted in favor of the motion for removal of the law maker from the office of commissioner of Parliament. Only four were against the motion while two were invalid.
Zaake is accused of using offensive language that was insulting the credibility of Parliament and the person of the Deputy Speaker, Ms Anita Among.
Those who supported the motion to throw Zaake out of office reasoned that he was no longer qualified to sit on the commission of Parliament due to his behaviour. Moments after his censure , the Deputy Speaker asked the opposition to forward another member who will replace Zaake.
“We ask the Opposition to give us another name,” said Among who also demanded that Mr Zaake should apologize before the House within one week.
However, according to Mr Mpuuga, the impeachment process was done illegally and hence, based on emotions.
He thus told a news conference on Friday that Zaake is still considered as a Parliamentary Commissioner from the opposition.
“Hon Zaake is still a Parliamentary Commissioner. He was nominated by NUP and the idea of nominating any other commissioner is not in party plans. Parliament was erred in procedure when it subjected Zaake to double punishment,” said the LoP.
He noted: “We take cognizance of this and we thought that even a first-year student would be able to discern the fact that that’s not tenable anywhere in the law. We take exception to the fact that; Parliament was totally wrong to subject a member to double punishment and they resolved informality that it’s acceptable. That is a very serious flaw in the procedure.”
Mpuuga also announced that they stand to have Parliament reconsider its position either by alternative justice or seeking redress from another arm of Government. “We don’t have a provision in the rules for a member to appeal so the appeal framework lies everywhere. I can only highlight that that is one of the very serious gaps.”