The Minister of Science and Technology Elioda Tumwesigye, who is also the Member of Parliament for Sheema North, has been temporarily barred from conducting legislative business on the floor of Parliament.
Mr. Elioda was on Wednesday afternoon supposed to present his ministry’s policy statement and the budget estimates for the FY 2018/2019 on the floor of Parliament.
The minister was however kicked off the microphone when the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga was informed that Elioda was on Tuesday nominated for another MP seat.
The Aruu County legislator, Odonga Otto rose on the point of procedure questioning why Elioda was in Parliament when he is also contesting to become an MP.
“Madam Speaker, I don’t understand why the same man who was nominated yesterday to become MP is today presenting before us. Is he now campaigning in front of us?” Otto asked.
The Speaker swiftly ordered Elioda, who was about to start presenting, to leave the microphone and resume his seat.
“That is something new. Let the minister first leave the floor,” Kadaga said.
The fate of Elioda remained to be fully decided by the Speaker before the adjournment of the house.
Earlier today we exclusively revealed how the Electoral Commission cleared Elioda to stand for another seat, (Sheema Municipality) without resigning his current Sheema North seat or his cabinet position, even when this seems to be a constitutional requirement.
A letter from the EC Chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi dated May 7th 2018 to the NRM Deputy Electoral Commission Chairman John Kyigagi Arimpa, stated that Minister Elioda doesn’t need to resign his ministerial or parliamentary seat to contest in the new municipality.
As per Article 80 of the Constitution, a public officer or a person employed in any government department or any agency of government or body in which government has controlling interest, who wishes to stand in general elections as Member of Parliament is required to resign his or her office at least 90 days before the day of nomination.
However, in his interpretation, Justice Byabakama cited Article 257 (2) b which defines an office in the Public Service.
“The foregoing article therefore, does not prohibit the holder of the foregoing officer(s), in this regard a Member of Parliament, from contesting in an election before resigning his/her office or appointment,” stated the EC boss.
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