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Benjamin Alipanga Amends Age Limit Petition

Benjamin Alipanga, a supporter of National Resistance Movement (NRM) has made changes in the constitutional petition which he had filed to court in 2014 against his party, concerning the constitutional presidential age limit.

Alipanga, a resident of Paidha Town council in Zombo district last week withdrew his original petition, on grounds that the complaints therein are no longer relevant.

In the 2014 petition, he had among other sought a constitutional interpretation of Article 102(b), and whether or not a person who his approaching 75 years should be allowed to run for president. The petition also entailed a number of accusations against his own NRM Party, and its internal decisions.

In a letter written by his lawyers of Muwema and Company advocates dated 3rd November 2017 addressed to Constitutional Court Registry, Alipanga says that he went with the advice of the Deputy Chief Justice Alifonsi Owinyi Dollo who aked him to update his petition.

Among the charges he is dropping from the old petition is one against the ruling NRM party and its Central Executive Committee members over the amendment of the party constitution to terminate the tenure of Secretary General Mbabazi; and basing the constitutional amendment on a report of the selective committee of NRM Parliamentary Caucus.

Another complaint dropped out from this petition according to the letter is the contention on the approval of the appointment of Justine Kasule Lumumba, Richard Todwong, Rose Namayanja and Kenneth Omona on January 8th 2015 pursuant to the challenged amendment of the NRM Constitution.

The move to drop these issues was in line with the October 11 directive of the Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo to clean up the petition and make it ready for the hearing.

Justice Owiny-Dollo reasoned that some ingredients of the petition were overtaken by events given the long period it (petition) had taken in court without being heard.

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In the remaining part of this petition against the Attorney General and the Electoral Commission, Alipanga wants court to stop parliament from carrying on with the activities aimed at amending Article 102 (b) of the constitution before court pronounces itself over the same.

He further wants court to issue a permanent injunction stopping the Electoral Commission from    nominating   President Yoweri Museveni as a presidential candidate unless and until the petition on the controversy is disposed of.

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