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Mityana Municipality MP, Francis Zaake, has been sent to the Parliament committee on rules and privileges to respond to allegations that he used offensive language against the Deputy Speaker, Anita Among, leaving the integrity of the institution in harm’s way.

Last week, Zaake took to his social media attacking Among to express his dissatisfaction over statements she made on the floor regarding his alleged torture.

Zaake is said to have tweeted questioning the intellectual prowess and integrity of the Deputy Speaker in response to her insinuation that whereas the former had claimed being tortured and crippled he went ahead to win an athletic race for Parliament.

Raising on a matter of national importance, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi (Bardege-Layibi Division) said that he intended to move a motion to have Zaake relieved of his duties as a commissioner for denigrating the integrity of Parliament and Office of the Speaker in breach of Rules 84 and 85 of the Rules of Procedure and Paragraph 5 of the Code of Conduct of Members.

“The honourable member is in breach of the code of conduct for Members of Parliament particularly a requirement for members to at all times conduct themselves in a manner, which will maintain and strengthen the public’s trust and confidence in the integrity of Parliament and never undertake any action that may bring the House or its Members, into disrepute”, said Mapenduzi .

“All of us may have our own emotions and issues to deal with but there are avenues in our Rules of Procedure through which anything done by the presiding officer can be challenged. The member never exercised any of the remedies provided in the rules but chose to go to social media,” Mapenduzi said.

The Bardege-Layibi Division MP (Which MP) called for bipartisan debate for a the motion under Rule 110 of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament and Section 5 of the Administration of Parliament Act once he tables it in the floor of Parliament.

Jonathan Ebwalu the Soroti Cit West Division Member of Parliament said that any attack on the office of speaker is an attack on the institution of parliament.

 “Zaake Francis’s comments on social media were intended to demean the office of the speaker and Parliament which all MPs should defend”, said Ebwalu

“I note that the member’s complaint is one based on alleged abuse of privilege by a member of this House. Our Constitution dictates a fair hearing for every citizen before a decision is taken against them. I will, therefore, guide that the complaint of the member is handled by the House Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline under rule 175 of our Rules of Procedure and a report be presented to this House within two weeks from today,” Among ruled.