Developing story: Supreme Court delivers Age Limit judgement

Justices Stella Arach Amoko, Apio Aweri and Eldad Mwanguhya have differed in their judgment on the consolidated presidential age limit appeal.

The trio is part of the seven members of the Supreme Court panel delivering their judgment on the consolidated age limit appeal, which is still ongoing.

The appeal is challenging the scrapping of the 77 year president age limit from the constitution.

In her judgment, Justice Stella Arach Amoko upheld the Constitutional Court decision indicating that the process leading to the conceptualization of the Age Limit Bill, which eventual led to the scrapping of the age limit was very clear and lawful.

She therefore dismissed the appeal by Male Mabirizi, six opposition legislators and Uganda Law Society with each party bearing its own costs.

Justice Stella Arach Amoko and Chief Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe || Photo: Judiciary

However, in his judgment, Justice Mwanguhya noted that the process leading to the scrapping of the presidential age limit was flawed.

He said there was no valid certificate of compliance for the bill before it was sent to the president to be assented to.

“There was no valid certificate of compliance. This means that there was nothing valid to assent to by the President”, said Mwanguhya.

He also explained that during consultations, some of the voters asked their legislators to terms limits and voted against the bill.

Justice Mwanguhya also noted that some of legislators were assaulted badly and thrown out of parliament during debate of the bill, which was uncalled for.

Justice Mwanguhya however, declined to pronounce himself on the allegations that MPs were bribed to support the bill, saying it is the role of the Auditor General to do so.

Each MP received Shillings 29M as facilitation to consult voters on the bill.

Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana (L) shares a light moment with lawyer Erias Lukwago at the Supreme Court || ULS Photo


However, several opposition legislators declined to take the money and returned it to the treasury of parliament, saying they are facilitated to do their work.

He ordered each party to meet the costs of its suit. Justice Rubby Opio Aweri also upheld the decision of the constitutional court Judgment and dismissed the application.

Justices Prof. Lilian Tibatemwa, Jotham Tumwesigye, Apio Aweri, Paul Mugamba and Justice Bart Katureebe were yet to deliver their judgment by the time of publishing this story.

Male Mabirizi, one of the petitioners told URN that he is impressed by the reasoning of Justice Mwanguhya and hopes more judges take his side.

The Kyadondo East legislator MP, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, said they expect little from the court, saying the judiciary is controlled by the state.