July 28,2018 – Minister for Science and Technology and Sheema North MP Dr Elioda Tumwesigye has probably become the first legislator in the modern world to simultaneously represent two electoral areas in parliament. This is after he was declared the winner in the race for the for Sheema Municipality MP seat.
The Electoral Commission last night declared the ruling NRM’s flagbearer Elioda the new MP for Sheema Municipality after garnering 13,500 votes against FDC’s Virginia Plan Mugyenyi’s 11, 489.
The victory places Elioda in the odd position of representing two electoral areas until another election is organised after a vacancy is declared Sheema North. Besides the legal quandary this creates, it is not clear if Elioda will be eligible to collect the privileges and entitlements for the two constituencies. It is was not immediately clear if Ellioda who in 2016 received Ushs 200 million to buy a vehicle for his conveyance would be eligible for new funding for the same item.
Elioda and the ruling party ignored ignored a humdrum of opposition to his contesting without first resigning from the Sheema North seat, arguing that there was no legal requirement to do so.