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Age limit petitioners half lose, half win on day one

The joint petitioners opposed to presidential age limit removal, today Monday failed to convince the Constitutional court to have speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga be cross examined for the role she played in amending of the Constitution last year. 

On December 20, 2017, parliament passed into law the Constitution Amendment (No.2) Bill 2017 that among others lifted the upper age limit of 75 years and also lowered the age limit from 35 to 18 years. The amendment also extended the term of parliament from five to seven years and restored presidential term limits that were scrapped in 2005. 

Hearing of the presidential age limit removal petition started in Mbale today. Photo: @SolidarityUG

Now, in their joint submission, the petitioners, who include Uganda Law Society (ULS), six opposition MPs, lawyer Male Mabirizi, former presidential candidate Abed Bwanika, and another concerned citizen Prosper Businge had listed several state officials to be summoned to explain the roles they played during the debate and amendment process last year. 

Mabirizi had listed speaker Kadaga, Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhozi, secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi, parliament clerk Jane Kibirige, Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Frank Mwesigwa and others to appear before court for cross-examination. The hearing of the petition began today at Mbale High court. 

Mabirizi wanted Kadaga cross-examined for allegedly ignoring parliamentary rules and procedure during the debate and passing of the age limit law when she allowed presidential guards to raid the House and forcefully evict suspended MPs opposed to the amendment. 

Deputy attorney general Mwesigwa Rukutana asked court not to grant Mabirizi his wish because he said, the speaker is immune to prosecution for her actions and rulings on the floor of parliament.

A panel of five judges led by deputy chief justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, Remmy Kasule, Elizabeth Musoke, Cheborion Barishaki and Kenneth Kakuru ruled in Rukutana’s favour saying they saw no reason to compel the speaker to appear before court.

However, the judges ruled that the other witnesses have to appear before court on April 17 at 9am for cross examination. Muhakanizi, for example is accused of granting a Certificate of Financial Implication to support a private members bill despite the money never being ever budgeted for as required by law.

MPs were given Shs 29 million each as facilitation for consultation in their constituencies on the then age limit bill. A total of Shs 13 billion was dished out to the MPs for consultations on the bill. Less than 15 MPs opposed returned the money back to parliament. 

Muhoozi and Mwesigwa are to be cross examined on how presidential guards and police personnel flouted House rules and ended up on the floor of parliament. 

The Constitution was amended amidst chaos and violence on the floor of parliament after presidential guards with the help of police twice raided parliament and brutally arrested MPs believed to be opposed to the amendment.

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0 #11 Akot 2018-04-11 19:16
Lakwena, agreed, but,

Museveni is showing Ugandans he is the boss & will do as he wishes!

How can a dictator not have opposition & how do Ugandans expect the demon not to conclud conquest of their country?

How can a demon dictator use tribal leaders & these just go along, not even seeing they too, will be foreigners without tribal lands to call theirs?

Uganda situation is worse than Syria-Libya-Yemen... because Ugandans are losing their country without a fight & they are the ones used by the demon to own their country legally-constitutionally!
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0 #12 Akot 2018-04-11 19:28
Betty Nalubega, agreed, but,

Uganda is under colonial power while Kenya was/is not!

Just as S.Africa-Zimbabwe were not under colonisation either!

Ugandans MUST UNITE & throw museveni out before he plays his way & owns our country, more so, he is using us aginst one another to own each & every tribal land that formed the Republic he shattered, then will Reform it just as he wants, the moment he is assured of ownershim/complete control!

Who will help Ugandan tribes then & how when museveni shall have Reformed the Republic as he wants without us having a say?

Then, will Ugandans still vote in museveni/mps?

We are in a pit latrine & we can only come out Together, hands joined!

Then we will be able to go seperate ways tribally, but in peace & without museveni around using us to hand over our country to him!
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0 #13 gwok 2018-04-12 00:02
Quoting rubangakene:
Could Speaker being out of the country be a ruse to derail the process of law? If so, can she be held in contempt of court?


The court has already ruled that she does not need to appear in person in front of it.

As I see it, that situation gives a lot of room for the court (assuming that guts allow that) to rule favouraby that she failed to defend what she did in bending / or breaking parliamentary procedures.

The final ruling in this court case is very much dependent on the guts sitting on that bench.

it does not
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0 #14 patrick lubega 2018-04-12 08:15
Museveni is showing Ugandans he is the boss & will do as he wishes!

How can a dictator not have opposition & how do Ugandans expect the demon not to conclud conquest of their country?

How can a demon dictator use tribal leaders & these just go along, not even seeing they too, will be foreigners without tribal lands to call theirs?

Uganda situation is worse than Syria-Libya-Yemen... because Ugandans are losing their country without a fight & they are the ones used by the demon to own their country legally-constitutionally!
colonial power while Kenya was/is not!

Just as S.Africa-Zimbabwe were not under colonisation either!

Ugandans MUST UNITE & throw museveni out before he plays his way & owns our country, more so, he is using us aginst one another to own each & every tribal land that formed the Republic he shattered, then will Reform it just as he wants, the moment he is assured of ownershim/complete control!
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