Attorney General William Byaruhanga told the court that Ugandan citizens were dully consulted on the amendments, some of which are now under contention. Byaruhanga said that public views were represented by Members of Parliament, who were dully facilitated to consult and later reported that their constituents had endorsed the proposals.
The Deputy Attorney General, told court that the Speaker of Parliament, Deputy Speaker and Parliament officials under a Parliamentary Act had immunity and privileges including against being summoned before court as witnesses.
The president also attacked religious leaders especially those who were against the age limit bill for being arrogant. Quoting the bible, President Museveni referred to the religious leaders as Caiaphas, the Highest Priest, who turned Jesus over to Pontius Pilates soldiers.
Ssewakiryanga argued that Ekwee is being persecuted for his work most of which, is related to governance initiatives that promote stronger citizen-leader engagements including the Citizen Manifesto and related campaigns.
Niwagaba had gone to parliament with some of the suspended MPs to deliver a copy of a summon issued by the High Court against the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and the office of the Attorney General.
In his 2017 Christmas message delivered this afternoon at the Church of Uganda Provincial Secretariat at Namirembe, Archbishop Ntagali asks Chritians to pray against the current state of political anxiety caused by a lack of patriotic spirit, selfish ambitions and politically charged mindsets that incite communities into anarchy.
President Yoweri Museveni has said politics is about ideology and service and not a sport where one needs to compete physically. On the proposal to increase the of term of office for the President from five to seven years, Museveni said the leaders in Africa have much more to do and need adequate time to develop the continent and saw no harm in having longer terms. This appears to be another indication that the 73-year-old leader is determined to have the constitution amended and presidential age limits removed to enable him stay on beyond 2021 when his current term of office ends.
Two of the committee members, Mathias Mpuuga and Medard Lubega Seggona are opposed to the meeting which they believe will be more of a lecture than an interaction. Other committee members, among them Muhammad Nsereko, Hamson Obua, Monica Amoding, Anna Adeke and Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda are out of the country. A number of them are attending the EAC Inter-Parliamentary Games in Dares salaam, Tanzania.
Bruce Twesigye, the Chairman National Union of Education Institutions NUEI Makerere Chapter, told URN that the entire consultation was shrouded in secrecy, adding that majority of the participants were not even workers representatives.
Lukyamuzi had appeared alongside other opposition political party leaders, among them, Democratic Party DP President Norbert Mao and DP Vice President Fred Mukasa Mbidde to present their position on the proposed amendments tabled by Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi.
Appearing before the committee in the company of some members of the NRM Central Executive Committee CEC and National Executive Council NEC, Todwong stated that the Constituent Assembly CA agreed that age limits should not be imposed on persons seeking political office.
Kapyelebyong County MP Julius Ocen is using the shillings 29 million meant for age limit consultations to finance food security activities. Ocen, a member of opposition Uganda Peoples Congress UPC, has for the past one week been traversing his constituency consulting local people on the Constitutional Amendment No.2 Bill, 2017.