Committee Declines to Summon Deputy Speaker Tayebwa in MP Zaake’s Case

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committee declines to summon deputy speaker tayebwa in mp zaakes case
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Parliament’s committee on rules, privileges, and discipline has opted against summoning Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa as a plaintiff in the matter concerning Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake’s alleged breach of parliamentary rules.

Chaired by Rev. Fr. Charles Onen, the committee commenced investigations into the incident that occurred on November 29, 2023, where Zaake reportedly refused to comply with Tayebwa’s request to sit down, leading to Tayebwa referring the MP to the House rules committee. This incident coincided with Zaake’s pursuit of a parliamentary resolution on the purported abduction of National Unity Platform party supporters.

Onen stated that Tayebwa would not be required to appear before the committee as all necessary information was captured in a video recording.



The decision by the committee’s chairperson surprised Zaake’s lawyer, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, and Zaake himself, both of whom were present at the hearing. Lukwago emphasized that if the complainant is not allowed to testify, then there is no case, and furthermore, the committee has failed to specify the parliamentary rule violated by the legislator.

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Opposition Chief Whip John Baptist Nambeshe, a witness in the matter, expressed that there was no justification for Tayebwa to refer Zaake to the disciplinary committee, as all issues between the parties had been resolved during a brief adjournment called by Tayebwa.



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