Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has issued a warning to Hon. Mafabi Ishma (Youth MP Eastern for his continuous absence from the House.
The Speaker has Thursday directed the MP to attend the next sitting of the House, short of which she will invoke provisions of the rules of procedure.
According to the Rules of Procedure, any legislator who misses 15 consecutive sittings of the House without the Speaker’s assent automatically loses his/her seat.
The Speaker shall, if it comes to his or her attention that a Member is consistently absent from the sittings of the House without permission, give a written warning to the Member which warning shall, in addition, be read during a sitting of Parliament.
Where the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline upon investigation finds the allegations referred to it against an MP are proved, and the report is tabled and approved by Plenary, the Member shall, on the basis of those findings, cease to be a MP under Article 83.
In 2016, the then 25-year-old Ishma Mafabi, an Independent candidate, won the eastern region youth MP seat after trouncing five opponents in a hotly contested race.
In the exercise conducted at the YMCA conference center in Jinja town, Mafabi garnered 752 votes beating his closest rival Dorothy Okware the National Resistance Movement (NRM) who got 428 votes.
Mastula Namatovu another independent candidate from Kamuli district got 201 votes while Forum for Democratic Change (FDC’s) Idi Ouma Wazemba managed to get only 3 votes.
Others were Brian Amonya who got 10 votes and Romeo Mabandha from Jinja who got 2 votes.
On February 28, 2016 when other regions of the country elected their youth MPs, the exercise in eastern was stopped following a High Court injunction.
The injunction came after a petition filed by Mafabi, protesting his disqualification from participation in the exercise on grounds that his name did not appear on the youth register.
Later court ruled that Mafabi was an eligible voter and it consequently ordered the electoral commission to include him on the national youth register and allow him to contest in the youth MP polls.
Mafabi is son to Sulaiman Lumolo Mafabi the NRM chairman of Sironko district and a wealthy businessman.
Mafabi studied at Budo Junior School and sat PLE in 2004.
He was admitted to Gombe SS where he completed his secondary education in 2010 before joining the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU).
He graduated in 2014 with a bachelor of law degree. He is currently doing his Master’s degree in business administration.
Background information by New Vision