Another Citizen Moves to Sue Government over Age Limit Bill

Just a day after Male Mabirizi dragged government to court challenging the procedures of amending the Age Limit Bill, another concerned citizen called Pius Kabiswa has notified the Attorney General (AG) of his intentions to petition the Constitutional Court if he (AG) doesn’t exercise his legal mandate of advising the President not to assent to the amended age-limit bill which he claims is full of illegalities.

Through his lawyers of Malende and Company advocates, he has served the Attorney General William Byaruhanga a letter giving him only 30 days with in which to comply or else he seeks court redress.

In his letter, Kabiswa says that he has hope that within that 30-day period — the President has to sign the bill so that it becomes a law, the AG — who is the government’s chief legal advisor will be able to give him (president) wise counsel not to sign the bill but instead return it to parliament to correct the alleged irregularities.

He adds that his main point of contention is the provision in which MPs proposed to have their tenure of elective office extended from 5 year to 7 years.

He further pointed out that this provision was just smuggled in to the bill since it was never brought before parliament or referred to the legal committee for consideration.

It’s from the above reasons that Kabiswa argues that what MPs are doing is a breach of contract since on being elected they told their voters that they will represent them for only 5 years from 2016-2021.


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