Male Mabirizi, the lawyer spearheading age limit petition, has embarked on a fundraising drive aimed at raising 300 million shillings to take the case to the East African Court of Justice in Arusha, Tanzania.
The Supreme Court last month in a 4:3 majority judgment dismissed the challenge which Mabirizi together with the civil society challenged the constitutional court ruling that had upheld the removal of the age limit from the constitution.
Unsatisfied, Mabirizi says he is going to the regional court and that Shs300 million is needed to cover costs of typing, printing, transport, accommodation, personal assistant allowances, adverts, lunch and photocopying among other expenses required for the case.
“A few of us who are able to communicate through these platforms should do all within our means to fight the illegal amendment of our constitution. If President Museveni managed to fund-raise between 1981 and 1986, when there was no facebook, WhatsApp, twitter and mobile money among others, why don’t we fund-raise at this era of technology,” he says in a message posted on social media.
“The budget only covers the first instance division of the court since the decision whether to proceed to the appellant division will depend on the outcome of the case at the first instance division,” the lawyer says.
Mabirizi has opened up a Facebook page, offered a mobile money number and email meant for the fundraising drive.
According to Mabirizi, the funds are meant to cater for expenses at the East African court of justice in Arusha and not for any other subsequent courts including the appellant court.
Mabirizi has challenged the Supreme Court ruling, saying the several actions, directives and decisions of all the three organs of government, including parliament, executive and judiciary in conceptualizing, processing, pursuing and upholding of the age limit amendments was an infringement on the provisions of the East African Community treaty.
“This contravened and undermined the fundamental and operational principles of the community which include good governance including adherence to the principles of democracy, the rule of law, accountability, transparency and the maintenance of universally accepted standards of human rights.”
Mabirizi also faulted the Constitutional and Supreme Court for their actions and processes that saw them reach at a decision of upholding the age limit amendments which he says had resulted from an illegal process.