Government Files Defense To East African Court in Age Limit Case

The Ugandan Attorney General William Byaruhanga has filed his defense in the case filed by Hassan Male Mabirizi to the East African Court of Justice, seeking nullification of the Constitutional Amendments which led to the lifting of the Presidential Age limit

In the response which was filed yesterday 20th June 2019 in the East African Court of Justice Sub Registry in Kampala, the Attorney General asked court to dismiss this matter with costs, citing a number of reasons.

He pointed out that the three arms of Government which include Parliament, Judiciary and the Executive acted in accordance with the laws of Uganda in conceptualizing, processing, perusing and upholding the constitutional amendment 1 of 2018.

“The respondent shall contend that the Republic of Uganda is a state party of the treaty for the establishment of the East African community and has been complying with the all protocols, rules and regulations”

He added that the East African court lacks jurisdiction to entertain appeals against decisions of competent courts from member states and thus requested court to exercise it’s discretion by dismissing this matter which the highest court in Uganda (Supreme) and constitutional court have pronounced themselves

“Supreme court is the final appellate court in matters of constitutional interpretation and it upheld the amendments”

The AG said his side will call some witnesses with the leave of court.

Mabirizi, one of the main petitioners in the Age limit case before the constitutional court as well as one of the appellants in the consolidated appeal before the Supreme court, whose outcomes didn’t reach his expectations; appealed to the East African court of justice seeking for the nullification of the Age Limit Law as amended by Parliament



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