Heavy Police Deployment At Supreme Court Ahead of Age Limit Appeal Judgement

Police from the counter-terrorism unit, plain-clothed and uniformed police officers were seen guarding inside and outside the court premises.
18 Apr 2019 10:01
Chief Justice of Uganda, Bart Katureebe Arriving at the Supreme Court in Kampala
There is heavy deployment of police and other security agencies at the Supreme Court ahead of the long-awaited judgement in the consolidated Age Limit Appeal.

Police from the counter-terrorism unit, plain-clothed and uniformed police officers were seen guarding inside and outside the court premises located at Upper Kololo.

The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe arrived 30 minutes ago.

By time of filing this report, the petitioners in the consolidated age limit appeals had not yet arrived except Male Mabirizi.

Some of the petitioners include the six opposition Members of Parliament represented by lawyers Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi and Erias Lukwago.

Abed Bwanika, the President of the Peopl's Development Party and Norbert Mao, the Democratic Party President are among the politicians present in court.

The consolidated appeal stems from a Constitutional Court judgment delivered by a panel of five judges in 2018 who upheld the amendment of the constitution in which Parliament lifted the cap on the presidential age. 

The judges; Cheborion Barishaki, Elizabeth Musoke, Alphonse Owiny-Dollo and Remmy Kasule,  said the act was passed in line with Constitutional procedures.

However Justice Kenneth Kakuru dissented in his judgment noting that the entire process of amending the Constitution was flawed since the majority of the legislators never consulted citizens, in whom the power is vested.  

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