Court To Hear Age Limit Case in Mbale

24th, March 2018

The Constitutional Court set April 4, 2018 as the date it will start hearing the petition challenging the newly enacted Age Limit Law.

The Deputy Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, further ordered that the petition challenging the newly enacted age-limit law that lifted the presidential Age-limit cap be heard from Mbale.

The decision was arrived at after meeting all the seven litigants and their lawyers.

However, several lawyers involved in this case including the Lord Mayor HW Elias Lukwago and Mr Wandera Ogalo contested the hearing venue which Hon. Justice Dollo maintained that the Constitutional Court and its view about constitutional matters is the same irrespective of where it's sitting.

He ordered that all parties should iron out their preliminary issues in preparation for hearing on April 4, 2018. 

The seven litigants include; Uganda Law society, six Opposition MPs and a one Male Mabirizi among others.

Following the constitutional amendment, that was characterized by fist fight among the MPs who were opposed and those who were in favor, now anybody aged 18 and above can contest for presidency, a position previously ring-fenced for persons above 35 years but below 75 years of age.

The Act also extended the tenure of the current Parliament and the local government councils from five years to seven.

The tenure of the President was also expanded from the current five to seven years but this has to be first subjected to a referendum.