The Supreme court has given more time to the attorney general to conclude filing submissions in the consolidated age limit amendment appeal case.
The appeals were filed by Male Mabirizi, Uganda Law Society and six opposition members of parliament challenging the verdict of the Constitutional court that okayed the removal the age limit caps from the constitution.
In December 2017, MPs controversially lifted the presidential age limit caps previously capped at an upper limit of 75 years. The amendment was believed to be solely done for the benefit of President Yoweri Museveni who would have been ineligible to contest in 2021.
Through their lawyers, Rwakafuuzi and Company Advocates, Lukwago and Company Advocates, the petitioners argue that the constitutional amendment was a breakdown of justice since even the MPs were reportedly bribed with Shs 29 million.
Last November, the parties in the case were given until December 31, 2018 to have filed in their written submissions.
With the exception of the attorney general William Byaruhanga, all the other parties filed their submissions. The AG failed to meet the deadline following the death of the senior principal state attorney Henry Oluka who died last month.
The late Oluka was handling the age limit appeal on behalf of the attorney general.
"Your worship, given the sudden demise of the said officer, the respondent is not in position to finalize its written submissions and file on the same on the dates as directed by the court", reads the letter by the attorney general in part.
The letter adds that "I would like to humbly request for court's indulgence to extend time within which the respondent should file submissions to the 9th, January 2019, understandably, the appellants would then file their rejoinder on the 16th January 2019".
Supreme court registrar Godfrey Opifeni accepted the attorney general's request and gave them until this Friday to have handed in his submissions.
Lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi who represents the opposition MPS says that he is okay with the request by the attorney general since it is formal.