Supreme Court Declines to Summon Kadaga Over Age Limit Law

Seven Justices of the Supreme Court have thrown out an application by lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi in which he asked the court to summon Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to be cross-examined on matters regarding the presidential age-limit amendment law.

Led by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, the judges ruled that they could not summon the speaker at this stage because her evidence would automatically pre-empt their would-be judgement in the age -limit appeal.

“We consider this abuse of court process because submissions have already been made on these grounds and court is required to pronounce itself on them,” judge the judges ruled.

Still in this  unanimous decision of court read by Justice Eldard Mwangushya; the justices informed Mabirizi that it’s too late to have additional evidence of the speaker on record since parties involved in the appeal have already filed their submissions as earlier ordered by court .

Mabirizi wanted Speaker Kadaga to be cross-examined claiming she is the principle witness on all the illegalities and violence that happened during the conceptualizing, tabling and debating of the age -limit bill in Parliament.

The judges who unanimously agreed on this ruling are Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, Arach Amoko, Eldad Mwangusya,Opio Aweri, Tibatemwa Ekirikubizza,Paul Mugamba and Jotham Tumwesigye

The Supreme court fixed the 15th and 16th January 2019 to hear the  submissions in the consolidated presidential age limit appeal.

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