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Alipanga to Withdraw Petition Against Age Limit

Benjamin Alipanga, a supporter of National Resistance Movement (NRM) is in the final stages of dropping the petition he filed in the Constitutional Court challenging among others the Amendment of the Presidential Age Limit in the Constitution

This was revealed by his lawyers Michael Akampurira who informed the Deputy Chief Justice Owiny Dollo in conferencing on the cases concerning Age limit, that his client intended to drop his petition.

The lawyers told Owiny Dollo that they were awaiting written permission from Alipanga to withdraw the case.

“My client says he wants to withdraw the matter on grounds that it was overtaken by events,” said the Akampurira.

Council Kiwanuka Kiryowa on behalf of the respondents welcomed this decision which prompted the judge to adjourn the matter for two weeks.

Alipanga filed a Constitutional petition against the ruling NRM and its Central Executive Committee members, the Attorney General and Electoral Commission, challenging the decision by the party to cause an amendment of Articles 102, 105 and 107 of the Constitution.

The petition, which is being dropped by Alipanga also challenged the amendment of the NRM Constitution to terminate the tenure of then Secretary General Amama Mbabazi; amending this constitution basing  on a report of a selective committee of NRM Parliamentary Caucus, with the sole aim of getting rid of Mr Mbabazi.

The amendment of the national constitution, which he intended to block, he says, has already been done and therefore his petition was overtaken by events.

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The Constitutional Court was about to set the hearing date for this petition.

 

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