Court Rules MP Zaake’s Dismissal from Commissioner Role Unlawful

Speaker's Decision to Remove MP Zaake as Commissioner Ruled Unlawful
Speaker's Decision to Remove MP Zaake as Commissioner Ruled Unlawful
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The Constitutional Court in Kampala has overturned Speaker Anita Among’s decision to remove Francis Zaake, the Member of Parliament for Mityana Municipality, from his role as a commissioner of Parliament.

In a ruling delivered on Thursday morning, the court found that the Speaker had violated the principles of natural justice and had not met the required quorum in Parliament at the time the decision was made, among other issues.

Francis Zaake, who is a member of the Opposition National Unity Platform (NUP), was removed from his position on March 10, 2022, following allegations of insulting Speaker Anita Among on social media. The removal was supported by 155 legislators.

Zaake filed a petition with the Constitutional Court, arguing that Parliament had passed the resolution to remove him without the necessary quorum, which he claimed violated several constitutional articles and parliamentary rules.

Additionally, he alleged that each member of the Parliament’s Committee on Rules, Privileges, and Discipline who participated in his removal had received a payment of 6 million million shillings.

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