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Age Limit Petition Returns Today

Hearing of the case in which opposition politicians, lawyer Male Mabirizi and Uganda Law Society are challenging last year’s constitutional amendments that included lifting of Presidential age limit, resumes today before five justices of the Constitutional Court in Mbale

In today’s hearing the Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana, Solicitor General Francis Atoke and their team are expected to finalize with replying to the petitioners’ submissions.

In this second phase, all the people who were summoned are expected to appear in court for cross examination, where by one of them Hon Betty Nambooze is already in Mbale

Meanwhile the petitioners’ lawyers led by Wandera Ogalo and Kampala Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago will also cross- examine the summoned government officials  including ; The Chief of Defence Forces  Gen.  David Muhoozi, the   head of public service John Mitala, Secretary to Treasury Keith Muhakanizi, Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige and the Sergeant at Arms Ahmed Kagoye.

Also   MPs;  Moses Balyeku ,  Margret Muhanga  and police officers Frank Mwesigwa and Asuman Mugyenyi  were summoned by court  to appear for cross -examination.

Some of the politicians seen this morning at the court include FDC President Patrick Amuriat, MPs Betty Nambooze, Robert Sentamu Kyagulanyi, Salaam Musumba among others.

The judges in this matter are Deputy Chief justice Aliphonse Owinyi Dollo, Elizabeth Musoke, Remmy Kasule, Cheborion Barishaki and Kenneth Kakuru.

On Wednesday last week the Attorney General explained to court that the famous Magyezi bill did not put a charge on the consolidated fund, having been examined by Ministry of Finance which issued a certificate indicating that it was budget neutral.

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In this consolidated constitutional petition, Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka, Uganda Law society , Six Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs), including the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winfred Kizza petitioned constitutional court challenging the amendment of the constitution as well as the removal of the presidential age limit.

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