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Age limit judgement set for July 26

The Constitutional court has set July 26 as the date it will deliver the judgement of a petition challenging the removal of the age limit cap from the constitution. The same challenged amendment also increased the term of legislators from 5 to 7 years.

"Take note that judgement in the consolidated petitions heard in Mbale is now ready for delivery. If no appearance is made on your behalf or somebody by law authorised to act for you, judgment will be delivered in your absence," reads the letter dated 13th July 2018, sent to petitioners by the Court of Appeal registrar.

Justice Owiny-Dollo, one of the five judges who heard the petition

The Constitution Amendment Bill No.2 of 2017, passed by parliament in September 2017, originated from a private member's bill tabled by Igara West MP, Raphael Magyezi. Its amendment removed the upper age cap of 75 years and the lower age cap of 35 years for any citizen to contest for the highest office in the land.

It also extended the term of office for MPs and elected local government leaders from five to seven years and reinstated presidential term limits that had been removed in 2005.

The constitutional amendment was challenged by seven petitioners, whose petitions were consolidated at the time of the hearing. They include Male Kiwanuka Mabiriizi, Winnie Kiiza, the leader of opposition in parliament, Uganda Law Society, opposition chief whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, and four other legislators.

The petitioners argued that the Constitutional court should overturn the controversial amendment on grounds that it violated the Constitution. The Constitutional court started hearing the petition on April 9th, 2018 and ended on April 19th.

The delay to deliver the judgment caused concern among petitioners and general public. James Byamukama a partner with Byamukama, Kaboneka & Co. Advocates and one of the petitioners in a June 20 letter to chief justice Bart Katurebe argued that after two months since the hearing ended, the court was silent as to when the judgment would be delivered. 

"At the end of the hearing of the matter in Mbale on April 19, 2018, Your Lordships committed court to deliver judgment expeditiously albeit on notice. This was in line with Article 137(7) of the Constitution and Rule 10 of the Constitutional Petitions & References Rules, that constitutional petitions shall be heard and determined expeditiously," Byamukama argued then.

Last month, while meeting speaker Rebecca Kadaga, foreign ambassadors accredited to Uganda also questioned the delayed delivery of the judgement.

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+1 #11 juwait kali 2018-07-15 08:34
Am with akot on this one Uganda is not a lawful country.

How many months has kayihura spent in an army barracks without charge? How is that different from this faracas age limit.

How can one man be winning elections for 33 years. Ugandans are fools to the bone.
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0 #12 juwait kali 2018-07-15 09:56
gwok, abiliga too thought we were talking to ourselves choosing money and abandoning his people and taking refugee in Kampala where he met Satan.

I know what the outcome will be but I also know that those judges should be provided by sniper bodyguards in advance.
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+1 #13 Remase 2018-07-15 16:06
Fellow Ugandans, let's plan for the worst and hope for the best. I don't trust and believe that the judiciary will ever make a ruling that is based on the evidence, facts and the law in any case where M7 is one of the parties.

We all know the judgement well before hand. M7 has always won and will continue to win until Jesus comes back. You can take that to the bank.

The delay was deliberate. Those judges were writing their decision based on what M7 wants and needs. They can't give a judgement against M7.

Hell no. Ask the CJ, Katureebe. Based on the evidence, facts and the law, Katureebe knows that M7 rigs the elections, however, he has ruled that the rigged votes didn't change the outcome.

M7 has clearly stated that mere paper will never take him out of power. Therefore M7 will never let judges to make a decision without knowing the outcome before hand.

He already knows the judgement and we also know the judgement, therefore we should have plan B. The court wont cut it>
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0 #14 Lakwena 2018-07-16 08:45
Quoting Remase:
Fellow Ugandans, let's plan for the worst and hope for the best. I don't trust and believe that the judiciary will ever make a ruling that is based on the evidence, facts and the law in any case where M7 is one of the parties.

We all know the judgement well before hand. M7 has always won and will continue to win until Jesus comes back. You can take that to the bank. ...


M7 has clearly stated that mere paper will never take him out of power. Therefore M7 will never let judges to make a decision without knowing the outcome before hand.

He already knows the judgement and we also know the judgement, therefore we should have plan B. The court wont cut it>


Remase, are suggesting that the Justices have finally succumbed to Mr. M7's eyeballing?
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+1 #15 WADADA rogers 2018-07-16 08:48
The Constitutional Court will give a verdict generally intended to please the public, its going to favour the petitioners, however, most of their decisions will be overturned by the supreme Court.
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