Parliament has directed fresh elections in Sheema North constituency after the swearing-in of the area MP, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, who ceased representing the constituency and switched to Sheema Municipality.
The vacant seat was declared by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga after witnessing the swearing in of Tumwesigye and reporting to parliament that Tumwesigye resignation letter from Sheema North was received by the office of the Speaker.
Kadaga said that the clerk to parliament should declare the Sheema North vacant to allow a by-election to be conducted.
“This morning I received a letter of resignation from honourable Elioda Tumwesigye, I therefore direct the Clerk to declare the seat of vacant so that a by-election can be held,’ Kadaga said.
Tumwesigye, who is also the minister of Science and Technology, was voted in Sheema Municipality without resigning the seat as MP for the Sheema North.
He said however that the law didn’t require him to do so.