Kisoro District No Longer Represented in Parliament

Constitutional Court ruling leaves Kisoro district with no Parliamentary representatives
Kisoro district was not represented in Parliament when it resumed today.

All the MPs from Kisoro were ordered by a ruling of court to vacate their seats in Parliament.

The ruling made this year was the result of a Constitutional Court petition questioning the legality of MPs shifting their political party allegiances while serving in the House.  As a result all serving MPs who opted to stand for election as independent candidates were told to leave the House.  77 MPs were affected by the ruling.

In Kisoro, the State Minister for Ethics Nsaba Buturo, the Bufumbira North MP Silver Bahane and the District Woman MP Eudia Kwizera were affected.

As expected, the people of Kisoro are displeased that they have no one to speak on their behalf in Parliament.

Allan Kamugisha Kabahweza, a Kisoro resident, says the only voice they have is the LC5 chairperson Philemon Mateke who is too far from Kampala to represent them.

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Herbert Nsaba Imana, another Kisoro resident, says the Speaker of Parliament should have taken the special circumstances in the district into consideration before effecting court's ruling.  He wants at least one of the former MPs to be appointed to serve as an ex-offico before Parliament is dissolved.

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The LC5 chairperson, Philemon Mateke, is more optimistic about the issue. He says that with only two months to the dissolution of the 8th Parliament, the district can wait for new representatives in the House.