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WATCH: Ugandan MP throws away 300k wedding gift

By Freya Wanjiku September 11th, 2022 2 min read

The political rivalry between Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and opposition leader Bobi Wine played out at a wedding in Kampala as a Ugandan MP threw away a UGX 10 million (about Sh300,000) gift handed to him by Parliament Speaker Anita Among.

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At Mityana MP Francis Zaake’s wedding, Speaker Among, who did not attend owing to ‘unforeseen circumstances’, send a representative with the cash gift in an envelope.

“The Speaker wishes you well and asked me to bring this gift,” the representative said before moving to hand over the envelope to the newly weds.

Zaake received the envelope, and then threw it to the ground before it was picked by a man in a suit.

The beef between Zaake and Speaker Among, who incidentally recently got married as wife number three, commenced in 2021 when the lawmaker was thrown out of a crucial parliamentary committee.

Zaake had failed to show up in a disciplinary committee for further questioning over accusations of misconduct following his alleged abusive tweets directed towards Ms Among the then deputy Speaker of Parliament.

155 MPs voted to remove Zaake from the Parliament Commission for disparaging the then Deputy Speaker, Ms Among.

Zaake has several been arrested and claims to have been tortured by President Museveni’s regime owing to his abrasive style of politics and in videos, he has been seen throwing chairs, dancing on tables and removing his belt and shoes and throwing at security in parliament.

Zaake, who belongs to Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform (NUP) party, joined Parliament in 2016 as a 25-year-old, replacing Ssozi Kaddu Mukasa, but he has since made radical opposition politics his forte and he has no limits when trying to prove where he exactly belongs.

Zaake married his longtime lover Bridget Namirembe in an exquisite wedding that attracted large numbers of local people as well as top notch members of the opposition.