By Max Patrick Ocaido
Supreme Court will Thursday (April 18) deliver the final verdict on the Constitution Amendment Act, 2017 appeal challenging the removal of the presidential age limit.
In a notice issued by the Supreme Court Deputy Registrar to all age limit appellants; lawyer Male Mabirizi, MP Gerald Karuhanga and four others and Uganda Law Society, the judgment of this appeal has been fixed for the 18th day of April, 2019 at 10.00am.
In January this year, a panel of seven Supreme Court justices led by Chief Justice Bar Katureebe commenced the hearing of the consolidated Constitutional appeal after High Court in July 2017 upheld the parliamentary Constitutional amendment by Parliament.
All the 5 High Court judges except Justice Kenneth Kakuru ruled that MPs constitutionally amended article 102(b) to remove upper presidential age limit, but unanimously ruled that the reinstatement of presidential term limits and extension of MPs’ tenure from 5 to 7years was unconstitutional.
In particular, Justice Cheborion Barishaki in his ruling said that the MPs acted in selfishness and were serving their interests by extending their term in office from 5 to 7 years with immediate effect. He quelled the MPs’ decision to also amend article 77(3) and 181(4) of the Constitution to extend term of office of MPs and Local Council chairpersons from 5 to 7years respectively.