Sheema—4, August 2020: In a dramatic turn of event, leaders in Sheema Municipality have endorsed Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation Elioda Tumwesigye to be their flag bearer in the forthcoming NRM primaries and general elections.
The Sheema leaders while at Chrika Gardens in Sheema municipality endorsed Minister Tumwesigye for Sheema municipality MP seat claiming that they want him to continue developing Sheema municipality and the district at large.
The leaders, led by Sipiriano Bangirana, said they came into a resolution after seeing what Mr Elioda has done, and he doing for the people of Sheema and decided to reward him with another term.
He further said that NRM is a party that strongly believes in Pan-Africanism and also building party ideologies, saying that Elioda has been doing these throughout.
Mr Sipiriano also said they will not allow the party to be taken over by opportunists who have never been on the ground and don’t know a single chairperson in the municipality.
“But how can we trust our party in the hands of these opportunists who don’t even know a single party chairperson in the municipality,” said Bangirana.
The Sheema district NRM party spokesperson, Milton Orisiima Kahindi said that the party want leaders who will work to unite people and they strongly believe that Elioda Tumwesigye will do that and also work for other party core values.
However, the Minister Elioda asked the people of Sheema Municipality to “protect the constituency from opposition leaning politicians by voting him in the forthcoming elections.
“Like you have said during the past elections, we sacrificed a lot for this seat and we must ensure that Sheema remains NRM; together, lets vote leaders who will protect the party ideologies,” says Tumwesigye.
He also said that the party in its manifesto for the next five years will be science-based, adding that as a Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations, he will endeavour to run the country’s manifesto to fulfil the same.
Mr Tumwesigye won the hotly contested election against Forum for Democratic Change’s Virginia Plan Mugyenyi in 2018. Now, the seat has attracted more contestants including the former Uganda Revenue Authority’s Commissioner for Domestic Taxes, Mr Dicksons Kateshumbwa and David Kamukama, among others.