Supreme Court to give its judgement in the Age-Limit Appeal, on notice
The Government side has concluded defending the Constitutional Court decesion that removed the Presidential Age Limit, by asking the 7 Justices of the Supreme court to uphold the same finding of the lower Court.
The Government Team led by Attorney General William Byaruhanga has asked the Chief Justice to dismiss the Appeal with costs for lack of merit.
Byaruhanga has even accused one of the Appellants Hassan Male Mabirizi of filing his petition before the Age Limit Bill was was passed into Law.
According to the Attorney General Mabirizi had no cause of action by then and therefore his appeal cannot stand.
However in his final reply Mabirizi says the acts he complains of both in his Constitutional court Petition and the. Appeal before the Supreme court, started way back at the time of tabling and conceptualizing the entire bill before it was assented to by the President.
Therefore the Attorney General ought to have come up with this application before hearing of the Appeal commenced, and not ambush at the Parties closing remarks.
Meanwhile Uganda Law Society another Appellant, through Senior Lawyer Wandera Ogalo says the Supreme Court should make a decision barring Parliament from doing acts, they very well know are wrong from the onset, then later Petition Courts to nullify them.
He cited an example where the Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana warned Parliament not to proceed on an entrecthed Article regarding the re-instatement of Term -limits, which requires a referendum, but Parliament never heeded to his advise.
As for the Opposition MPs, their Lawyer Erias Lukwago concluded by inviting their Lordships to nullify the entire bill and save the Country from what they have termed as another catstrophy that offends several provisions of the Constitution.
The Appellants on the whole have urged the Supreme court to clarify its own orders and recommendations made during the 2016 Amama Mbabazi Presidential Petition.
The Chief Justice Bert Katureeba has announced that judgement shall be delivered on notice to the Parties.
He warned Mabirizi not to drag him to the East African Court of Justice when he fails to deliver the judgement in the required 60days.
He says the Appellate Court has 7 Justices and each Judge comes up with his/ her own Judgement which must be read through by other justices.
He said it might take time but they will endeavour to deliver the judgement as soon as possible.
The Chief Justice however thanked Hassan Male Mabirizi that even though he is not an Advocate, he has enriched the submissions at the bar, and promised to also take up his concerns of waiving on the filing fees in the Supreme court.