‘Go Use Social Media The Same Way You Used It To Abuse Me’- Deputy Speaker Trashes Francis Zaake’s Secret Written Apology
By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has rejected Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake’s written apology that he personally submitted to her office.
According to sources at parliament, troubled Zaake went to Anita’s office with a written apology but she declined to accept it instead and asked him to use the same channels he used to slander her.
“He came to her office with a letter asking for forgiveness but she said she wants him to say those words on his social media pages” One of the sources who preferred anonymity revealed.
With cat fights going on between the two, opposition MPs including their leader Mathias Mpuuga have tried to reach out to the mighty deputy speaker to forgive Zaake but she still insists on a public apology which Zaake and team seem not to heed.
Zaake allegedly used his social media platforms Facebook and Twitter to castigate Among for trying to suggest that he was not tortured. He has since deleted the messages. Among while congratulating the parliamentary team for winning medals in the East African Parliamentary games congratulated Zaake for winning a gold medal in athletics despite the fact that he had previously sustained broken legs after he was tortured.
According to the MPs Zaake Used a language that was not only disrespectful to the person of Among but also the whole institution of parliament.
Sources close to National Unity Platform(NUP) Party President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine also reveal that he is the one behind Zaake’s unwillingness to make a public apology.
The motion to impeach him was seconded by 155 legislators who contended that he was no longer qualified to sit on the commission of Parliament due to his behavior. After his censure, the Deputy Speaker again asked the opposition to nominate another member who will replace Zaake.
However, Mathias Mpuuga told Anita that his party still recognize Francis Zaake as a Parliamentary Commissioner despite his impeachment adding that the party has no intention whatsoever of replacing Zaake.
”We have already made our choice and we will not be appointing another person. Zaake is going to be reappointed in the same position and if he is rejected, then we shall petition court because so many illegalities were committed,” NUP Spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi said
David Lewis Rubongoya, the Secretary-General of NUP said they haven’t yet met to agree on their next course of action, they agree with a court process to overturn the parliamentary decision.
Rubongoya said as the party, they take what happened in parliament as another affront on NUP but said it will not stop them from pushing for change in the country.
“We believe that Zaake didn’t commit any offense. We believe that it is the deputy speaker who should have appeared before that committee on rules and privileges to answer questions because it is her who first mocked him yet the public knows how many times Zaake has been tortured. So there wouldn’t be any reason why Zaake would apologize to her” Rubongoya said.