Judgment date for presidential age limit case set at Mbale High Court

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Deputy Chief Justice and the head of the five-judge panel, Mr Alfonse Owiny-Dollo

By Cohen Mweigwa

MBALE- The Constitutional Court has set July 26, 2018 for the delivery of judgment in the Age Limit Petitions’ at Mbale High Court.

“Take notice that judgment in the consolidated petition heard in Mbale is now ready for delivery. I will be delivered on the 26th July 2018 at 9:30 am at Mbale High Court. If no appearance is made on your behalf or someone by law authorized to act for you, the judgment will be delivered in your absence,” reads a statement signed by the Registrar Court of Appeal and circulated by Mr Solomon Muyita the communication officer, Judiciary.

The hearing of the consolidated presidential age limit petitions took close to two weeks in April 2018.

Justice Owiny-Dollo led the panel of five judges in the unique case of great public importance. The other justices on the panel were; Remmy Kasule, Elizabeth Musoke, Cheborion Barishaki and Kenneth Kakuru.

What cut across all the justices was that they thanked the petitioners and respondents and their lawyers and promised to deliver justice basing “on law and facts.”

Justice Owiny-Dollo asked them and their lawyers to restrain from discussing the matter until the judgment is read out.

“Between now and the judgment, my plea is that leave the court which never invited you here but you came at your own invitation, leave the court to do its work,” Justice Owiny-Dollo said.

He said: “We undertake as we have promised before, we give you individual and collective words that we will deliver our decision on all the matters that have been presented before us, that we will give our word and it’s not far.”

The justices also assured the litigants that the judgment “will bear in mind the future generation.”

Justice Owiny-Dollo, however, warned court users to refrain from bashing courts of law because they are the last resort of their refugee and that once the courts are destroyed, they (court users) will not have anywhere to run to.

The petitioners among others challenged the entire process that led to the amendment of the Constitution that saw the removal of the presidential upper cap limit of 75 years and the lower age cap limit of 35 years.

The petitioners are also challenged the extension of the office term of Parliament and local government council from five to seven years.
They want the whole age limit law annulled.

 

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