The East African Court of Justice sitting in Tanzania has made changes to the hearing of the matter in which Ugandan Lawyer Hassan Kassim Male Mabirizi challenges the Age Limit amendments made within the Ugandan constitution.
In the hearing notice issued on Thursday, July 9, signed by the Court Registrar, case hearing has been changed from Monday, July 13 to Tuesday, July 14, 2020.
“You are hereby required to appear in this court via video conference and abide by the guidelines for video conference proceedings. Please note that if there is no appearance on your part, the court will proceed to hear the case and make necessary orders your absence notwithstanding,” reads part of the notice.
Due to the COVID19 pandemic which affected the movement of people within their communities and cross border coupled with the need for social distancing, Courts have resorted to handling matters via teleconferencing platforms.
The EACJ has also issued a number of guidelines that will be followed by all advocates and participants to ensure an orderly visual and audible session.
In 2019, Mabirizi was one of the petitioners and appellants in the Age limit case who were not in agreement with the Parliamentary decision of uplifting the Presidential Age Limit under Article 102(b) of the constitution.
He petitioned the East African Court of Justice seeking to overturn the decision of both the Constitutional and Supreme Court of Uganda which upheld the amendments.