Attorney General Defends Age Limit; Nambooze Summoned

The Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana together with the Solicitor General Francis Atoke and a team of 18 state attorneys are appearing before 5 justices of Constitutional court in Mbale to defend the age-limit law.

Relaying his defence, Rukutana maintained that that in amending the age limit law, Parliament acted within the law as stated in the 1995 constitution, as well as the rules of procedure to have the constitution duly amended.

The deputy attorney general went ahead to applaud the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga for having acted within the law during the entire process of conceptualization as he pointed out that government acted legally in supporting the amendment.

He also said that President Yoweri Museveni legally assented to the bill to turn it into law.

“Petitioners didn’t suffer any damage from amendment of article 102 (b) therefore they are not entitled to any remedies sought. We pray the matter to be dismissed with costs,” Rukutana submitted.

However, on being asked by the deputy Chief Justice Owiny Dollo on whether court grants the petitioners costs once they succeed, Rukutana objected to it, saying that it will depend on their request since it has not been part of his submissions.

The Attorney General’s team is still proceeding with its submissions before a panel of five justices who include Deputy chief justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo, Kenneth Kakuru and Remmy Kasule.

Court has also summoned Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke to appear on Tuesday next week for cross-examination by the Attorney General on her affidavit regarding the security personnel brutality during the debating of the age – limit bill in parliament to which she claims she was assaulted.

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