Supreme Court Takes On Age Limit Case Today

The Supreme Court is Tuesday commencing hearing of the appeal case in which three parties challenge the majority ruling of constitutional court judges who upheld the constitutional amendment No. 2 of 2017, which among others removed the presidential age limit of 75 years.

This matter, whose hearing is expected to take only two days will be heard by a panel of judges; Bart Magunda Katureebe (Chief Justice), Eldad Mwangushya, Rubby Opiyo Aweri, Paul Mugamba, Prof Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza and Jotham Tumwesigye.

All parties in this case have already filed their written submissions and today in court are expected not to spend a lot of time making submissions since they were given time limits with in which each side has to submit its points.

Due to limited space at the Supreme court, only accredited people , petitioners , their lawyers , judicial officers and a few others will be allowed in the court.

Meanwhile security is also expected to be tightened substantially.

The three parties appealing include Members of Parliament led by Hon Winnie Kiiza, who are represented by Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi; The Uganda Law society represented by counsel Wandera Ogalo and Male Kassim Mabirizi who represents him self.

Among the issues which they want court to decide upon is whether the whole process of amending the constitution didn’t contravene any article of the constitution or the rules of procedure of Parliament, and to decide whether the president who was elected before lifting the age limit, should remain in office after clocking 75 years.

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