Member of Parliament (MP) representing Mityana Municipality, Francis Zaake, has formally requested the parliamentary leadership to fully reinstate him as Parliament Commissioner.
This development follows a recent decision by the Constitutional Court in Kampala to overturn Parliament’s decision to remove Zaake from his position as a Parliament Commissioner. The court’s ruling determined that Parliament had failed to adhere to various procedural requirements and had acted in violation of the law.
In a letter dated October 2, Zaake, represented by his lawyers from Lukwago and Co Advocates, has called upon the Clerk of Parliament, Adolf Mwesigye, to settle all outstanding salary arrears dating back to the time when he was removed from the commission in March of the previous year.
The letter stated, “We demand that parliament… pay to our client any and all unpaid honoraria he is entitled to as a Commissioner that has accumulated since 10th March 2022.”
Furthermore, Zaake is seeking to be reinstated as a Commissioner with all the privileges associated with the position, including an official vehicle, a fuel card, and allowances.
Zaake’s removal as a Parliament Commissioner in March last year was prompted by allegations of misconduct. He had allegedly posted offensive tweets directed at the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, leading to a vote in which 155 legislators supported his removal.
In response to this, Zaake, represented by Lukwago and Company Advocates, lodged a case with the Constitutional Court to challenge Parliament’s actions. The Constitutional Court ruled in favour of Zaake last Thursday.