Betty Nambooze asks EC to compensate MPs
Betty Nambooze asks EC to compensate MPs who lost their parliamentary seats. File Photo

EC should compensate all MPs who stood for non recognized constituencies says Betty Nambooze

The Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze has demanded the compensation of all MPs who lost their parliamentary seats after contesting for non recognized constituencies.

According to Nambooze MPs who contested for the posts did not only waste their time but also used a number of their resources to try and win the seat but now they are being told the vacancies are non-existent.

“What we need to do is to compensate them, not only those who went through, but whoever participated in that election. Even those who didn’t go through should be compensated for having gone through an exercise that did not exist,” Nambooze said adding that the electoral commissio

Last week, the Constitutional Court in Kampala declared that a total of six MPs including Patrick Ochan (Apac, UPC party), Elioda Tumwesigye (Sheema, NRM party), Tarsis Rwaburindore (Ibanda, NRM party), Hashim Sulaiman (Nebbi, NRM party), Asuman Basalirwa (Bugiri, Jeema party) and Abraham Lokii (Kotido, NRM party) were elected illegally into non-existent constituencies.

The court further directed the removal of the MPs claiming that the districts they were elected to are not constituencies like it had been thought.

Hon Betty Nambooze however, who is first to criticize the act has demanded all senior electoral commission officials to resign for letting people participate in elections for non recognized constituencies.

Nambooze who also reminded that she raised the same issue back in 2015 concerning the new constituencies and electoral areas but parliament and the electoral commission didn’t heed her advice added that parliament declaring a place a district does not automatically become a constituency.

Betty Nambooze asks EC to compensate MPs
Betty Nambooze asks EC to compensate MPs who lost their parliamentary seats. File Photo

She further advised the EC to ensure it demarcates all recognized areas earlier and properly enough to avoid such incidents happening again.

“[Simon] Byabakama… if he is a man worthy of his name, he should resign. You can’t take a country into elections that don’t exist. He is the custodian of electoral laws, he is the person who should tell us that we are not supposed to have an election here,” she said.

“If parliament declared a place a district, it does not automatically translate into a constituency. When it comes to by-elections, they are only a result of a vacancy created in parliament,

Nambooze stated adding that this was a bad treatment to Ugandans who invested all their hope and income in the election for the sit then.

By John Dalton Kigozi