Aggrieved Age Limit Law Petitioners Conclude their Case Against Government
The Petitioners in the on-going Age -Limit case have winded up their Submissions on all the 14 issues supposed to be determined by the Constitutional court sitting in Mbale.
They invited a panel of 5 Justices led by the Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo to nullify the newly enacted Age – Limit law on grounds that it offends several Articles of the Constitution.
These including Uganda Law Society, Opposition Politicians led by MP Winnie Kiiza and Tooro Region aggreived Citizens led by Prosper Busingye among others, through their respective lawyers have indicated to court 4 major reasons as to why the Age- limit law should be declared as bad law.
Among them is the fact that Parliament exceeded its mandate and unlawfully made constitutional amendments without upholding the Constitution in their minds as the Supreme law of our land.
The whole process of tabling, enactment and assenting to the law violated various provisions of the Constitution and offended the provided safeguard structures against dictatorship.
They cited several instances to court where Parliament allegedly faulted its rules of procedure during the much heated debate of the age – limit bill.
That is smuggling the bill on the order paper by the Speaker on 19th/ September 2017, suspension of MPs during the debate and voting time , failure to close the doors of the chambers during voting and failure to allow members of the public to access the gallery during the debate in Parliament.
The petitioners then asked Court to allow their petition with costs and order Govt pay damages for mental anguish and stress as the case involved enormous reading and filing of documents .
The Attorney General has to also make his final response before the Court can set a date for Judgement in this case.