Age Limit petition hearing comes to an end with Judgement date on notice
Hearing of the Age Limit Petition finally came to an end at the Constitutional court sitting in Mbale yesterday, with the Justices indicating that Judgement will be on notice.
The hearing started on 9th last week with Petitioners presenting their case against Government, followed by crossexamination of government officials who gave evidence insupport of the passed age limit law, opposition MP Betty Nambooze who was also cross examined by the government side and the final response by the Attorney General who represented government in this case.
The Constitutional court Chaired by the Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo, together with Justices Remmy Kasule, Kenneth Kakuru, Cheborion Barishaki, and Elizabeth Musoke said they will notify the parties in this case as soon as the judgement is ready, and that it will be delivered from Mbale High court.
The deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukuntana and the solicitor General Francis Atooke want the court to dismiss the petition for lack of merit, saying that parliament acted with in the law, good faith and in the interest of the whole country to amend the Constitution .
While the Petitioners including the Uganda Law Society, Opposition Politicians led by MP Winnie Kiiza, Aggreived Citizens from Tooro Region, among others want the Constitutional court to nullify the law on grounds that it offends several Articles of he Constitution.
Their lawyers Wandera Ogalo, Elias Lukwago, Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, James Byamukama and others noted that Parliament exceeded its mandate, and flouted rules of procedure during the whole process of tabling, debating and enactment of the bill.