Elioda Tumwesigye should apologise to Sheema North voters

In two books of the Bible – the Old Testament; Chronicles 21:24 and 2 Samuel 24:24, King David taught us that, it makes no sense one to make a sacrifice that costs him nothing!

Basing on this, the Member of Parliament Sheema North who also doubles as Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation the honourable Dr Elioda Tumwesigye should apologize to people of Sheema North.

Two years ago, Dr Tumwesigye approached the electorates of Sheema North and sought their mandate to represent them for five years, but mid way, he has decided they are not worth his representation, thereby deciding to abandon them and only represent those who live in town – Sheema Municipality.

While I appreciate that it is his constitutional right to contest to represent a constituency of his choice, this should not cost or burden us, the taxpayers who pay taxes through the nose.

His decision to contest for Sheema Municipality, in event that he emerges victor, will cost taxpayers millions of shillings as the Electoral commission will have to spend more funds to fill a vacant since he will not be able to represent two constituencies.

My argument is based on the idea of patriotism; an idea that our government so much loves and often preaches.

It is not simply on Elioda’s wish – arguably to represent town people than those in villages which he failed to advocate for to be improved with better roads and other social services in the last 15 years he has been their MP but rather on principle of patriotism that his decision to denounce his Sheema North People in favour of Municipality will see the central government spend a lot more money which could have been spent on things that matter to common Ugandans.

For example, in an unfortunate event that he will win sheema Municipality race, EC will again spend more than 300 millions to prepare polls to have another MP to represent Sheema North yet such amount can be used by central government to build staff quarters for at least ten teachers or nurses in a school or health centre in Sheema.

Actually, such money can do wonders. Imagine how many jobs it can create if the president donated it to a group of youth or women as a start-up capital?

So, considering the burden Ugandans will face while financing another by-election for Sheema North MP, should God decide to punish Ugandans by letting Elioda win in the Municipality, a conclusion can be made that Dr. Elioda’s decision to contest for Sheema Municipality MP is an unpatriotic act since it will force the country to spend, his action is a sign of selfishness and so he is against poor Ugandans whom he wants to pay so he can test his popularity among those who live in an urban constituency, and leave those in villages (Sheema North) largely with no electricity, poor roads, poor health services, schools etc.

Yes, I say he is against the poor, and ‘villagers’, otherwise what explains his decision to abandon them?

As Indira Ghandi taught us, questioning is the basis of all progress, and those who don’t question are condemned to live in bondage.

Therefore, this is the time for Sheema North, and Sheema Municipality people to ask hard questions.

Dr. Elioda is a minister; he is a current MP for Sheema North, and also Chairman NRM Sheema District.

What does he want to do as MP for Sheema Municipality that he can’t do in his current capacity?

Is he testing his popularity in both constituencies?

Why should poor Ugandans’ money (taxes) be spent on such an exercise where an individual wants to test his popularity?

Is it that the honourable Elioda alone can work for Sheema Municipality?

Is he the only Messiah that can deliver the Municipality to “promised land”?

Or the good MP is simply telling Sheema North people that with a municipality, he cannot spend his valuable time going to villages in Sheema North and so the municipality is the best option for him?

Or it is that he is running away from the poor roads, schools and heath services in Sheema North?

Actually, Dr. Elioda’s decision to vie for Sheema Municipality seat without resigning his current position as MP for Sheema North will create a Black Swan event in politics of our country.

Professor Nassim Nicholas Talib taught us that, Black Swan are events that overturn established ways of thinking and norms.

The tragedy is that, we can only understand them long after they have occurred and in most cases leaving behind disastrous effects.

In same way, by choosing to contest in a different constituency while he is a siting MP for a different constituency, Elioda effectively elevates him to a Black Swan virus, and the trouble is, by this precedent he is setting, we don’t know how many black spots lay ahead of us like this scenario, maybe soon we will hear other MPs deciding to test their popularity by contesting in other constituencies without resigning their current positions which will leave Ugandans spend since its their taxes EC use to confirm to Elioda’s of world who want to know how popular they are.

This is why we should demand an apology that will cost the honourable MP Elioda. He should apologize and resign his seat for trying to use taxpayers money to test his popularity by contesting in a different constituency without resigning his current position.

Another reason he should resign his seat is betraying Sheema North people he promised to represent five years and decided to abandon them just after two years in favour of Municipality people.

Betraying people is ungodly; this is why we should demand an apology that will cost him his seat – resigning after all, as earlier noted, going by Chronicles 21:24 and 2 Samuel 24:24.

It only makes sense for one to make a sacrifice that costs him something, let Elioda apologise to Sheema North people for betraying their trust by opting to abandon them after two years despite promising to present their views in parliament for 5 years, and as a cost for this betrayal, he should resign his seat with immediate effect!!

The author is a PhD student of International Relations and Diplomacy

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