Kampala High Court’s Deputy Registrar Joy Kabagye will Friday afternoon at 3pm deliver her ruling on whether or not to stop parliament from carrying on with the amendment of the constitution to among others remove the presidential age limit.
Three opposition leaders Ken Lukyamuzi, Abed Bwanika and Asuman Basalirwa applied at the High Court for an interim order stopping parliament from legislating on the matter of amending Article 102(b) until their main case before the same court’s Justice Oumo Oguli is fully heard and disposed of.
“It’s our prayer that court grants an interim order to bar the respondent from proceeding through Parliament to amend Article 102 (b) of the constitution without following the proper procedures,” submitted one of the applicants’ lawyers David Nalukoola
Nalukoola in his defence of the application pointed out that the applicants are likely to “suffer irreparable harm which cannot be atoned for in form of damages.”
The respondents on the other hand asked court to throw out this application.
“I pray that court be mindful not to direct or interfered with third arm of government in operating its activities. I pray that this matter is disposed with costs to ensure that Parliament is protected to carry on its mandate as provided for under the constitution,” submitted Johnson Natuhweera from Attorney General’s office.
Natuhweera added that paragraphs 6 to 20 in Dr Abed Bwanika’s affidavit – which entail his complaints about how he was frustrated by the Electoral Commission in his efforts to have the age limit issue put to a national referendum — should be disregarded because actions which are in contention are between Bwanika and the EC which is an independent body that is not represented by the Attorney General.
Natuhweera also asked for the matter to be to be adjourned to Thursday next week for ruling.
However, owing to the urgency of the matter, the registrar decided to give her ruling this afternoon.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga yesterday called a special parliament sitting on Monday next week in which the report on age limit bill, by parliament’s legal affairs committee is expected to be presented.