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Rules Committee to Summon Prof Nawangwe

Zaake is accused of insulting Nawangwe when he appeared before the Committee on Education and Sports on Wednesday during the inquiry into the Makerere University strike.
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the University Vice Chancellor
The parliamentary committee on Rules and privileges will invite the Makerere University Vice Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe to testify against Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake.

Zaake is accused of insulting Nawangwe when he appeared before the Committee on Education and Sports on Wednesday during the inquiry into the Makerere University strike.

It is alleged that Zaake reportedly insulted Nawangwe and threatened to fight him. This is after Nawangwe reportedly failed to answer his questions.

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga says that she received reports alleging that Zaake kept on interjecting when Nawangwe was speaking, accusing him of not addressing his concerns while ignoring the guidance of the committee chairperson and fellow MPs.

Clemet Obote Ogalo the chairperson of the Rules committee says that the committee will start its work next week on Tuesday. He says that Nawangwe could be invited to make a narration of what happened.

“We will have probably most of the members of the education committee, and the professor could also come and narrate to the committee his side of the story. But I do not make decisions on my now, and so we will meet and agree on the terms of reference and the list of people to meet” Ogalo said.

According to Ogalo, although they were given two weeks by the Speaker, they are most likely to complete the work in three to four days when they return.

He says their work is only to investigate, interview witnesses and write a report to Parliament on their findings.

Members of the committee on rules are in Ghana on a conference on Parliamentary Procedure.        

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