On Tuesday, the petitioners told a panel of seven Supreme Court justices led by the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe that there were irregularities in the conceptualization and passing of the Constitution Amendment No. 2 Bill, 2017, which paved way for scrapping the age limit from the constitution.
On Friday, a seven member Panel of Supreme Court Justices led by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe dismissed Mabirizis application citing that he filed a lengthy and an argumentative affidavit of 264 paragraphs which was unnecessary.
The Uganda Law society, a team of Six legislators and lawyer Male Mabiriizi challenged the petition on a ground that maintaining the constitutional amendment as passed by Parliament was an ambush of justice.
The panel led by the Head of the Constitutional Court, Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo that has for almost two weeks been hearing into the petition is expected to pass its verdict on whether to entirely overturn the contested law or to uphold part of it based on evidence submitted by the two sides.
Former agriculture minister Hope Mwesigye has said President Yoweri Musevenis decision to sign into law the Constitution Amendment Act 2017 is an indication that his leadership will end in a similar way like that of Libyas strongman, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafis 42-year-rule ended violently when an armed uprising led to his overthrow in August 2011 and assassination two months later.
While President Museveni has been delivering New Year messages since he came to power in 1986, it has not been mandatory for private media houses to broadcast his message live. In his December 22 letter to all broadcasters in Uganda, however, UCC executive director Godfrey Mutabazi said all broadcasters will be required to allocate President Museveni two hours to deliver his New Year message to Ugandans between 10:00pm and 12:00am. The time has since been changed to 7pm to 9pm in yet another directive dated December 28.
While delivering his Christmas Sermon at St. Pauls Cathedral Namirembe this morning, Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira said the events that preceded the passing of the bill were bad news for the country.
Muhammad Nsereko, the Kampala Central MP, says amending the constitution might change the fate of Uganda. He says they are working on getting each and every MPs vote before the second reading of the constitutional amendment bill no 2 0f 2017 bill before parliament.
His comments come at the backdrop of statements made by religious leaders in opposition to a proposal to scrap presidential age limits from the constitution. The current constitution caps the presidential age at 75. However, Parliament is considering a bill for an amendment that would lift the cap.
This afternoon, Prof Tarsis Kabwegyere appeared before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee chaired by West Budama South MP, Jacob Oboth-Oboth. He maintained his position on the presidential age limits, saying that someones capacity cannot be limited by fixing age.
Michael Kwarikunda Mbareeba, the Rukiga District Male Youth Councilor, says despite raising his hand to explain why he is opposed to the proposed scrapping of the presidential age limit, Kyereere and Kamusiime turned him down without any reason.
Denis Nzeirwe, the Kabale Deputy Resident District Commissioner, said some of the party leaders who have openly opposed the presidential age limit removal deserve serious punishment since they have decided to behave like traitors.