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Party Offices Deserted as Court Delivers Age Limit Judgment

At the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party headquarters in Najjanankumbi, the Acting Administrator Officer of the Party, Pauline Namyazi said that most of the party leaders had pitched camp in Bugiri where their Candidate Eunice Namatende is tussling with NRMs Francis Oketcho and JEEMAs Asuman Basalirwa.
Uganda People's Congress Party Chairperson, Lawrence Okai

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Headquarters of major Political parties in Kampala are isolated, as judges continue presenting judgment on the consolidated petitions challenging the constitutional amendment bill no. 2 of 2017 in Mbale.

The few staffs at the headquarters are more bothered with arrangements for the elections in the newly created municipalities which are scheduled for tomorrow Friday. The municipalities that will be going to the polls include Sheema, Nebbi, Kotido, Apac, Ibanda and Bugiri which all became operational on July 1.

At the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party headquarters in Najjanankumbi, the Acting Administrator Officer of the Party, Pauline Namyazi said that most of the party leaders had pitched camp in Bugiri where their Candidate Eunice Namatende is tussling with NRM's Francis Oketcho and JEEMA's Asuman Basalirwa.

She added that a number of party leaders had travelled to Mbale for the judgment.

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At the Uganda People's Congress party headquarters in Kampala, only for people were found in the office, contemplating on the outcome of the polls in Bugiri. The Party Chairperson Lawrence Okai said that UPC maintains its position that whether the judgment is delivered in favour of government or opposition, the party continues to rally citizens for a common development goal.

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At the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party Secretariat, the situation was equally calm. Only the party treasurer Rose Namayanja Nsereko was in the office at the time.

But, the Party Spokesperson Rogers Mulindwa told Uganda Radio Network on the phone that they have distributed labour with most of the party leaders concentrating on the by-election and others deployed in Mbale to witness the judgment.

However, at the Democratic Party Headquarters, members were following the proceedings on a television set, fixed in one of the offices.  DP Administrator Peter Sempijja said the party is much interested in the outcome of the judicial process,  having been champions of the anti-age limit campaign dubbed Togikwatako.

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This comes as Ugandans await the outcome of a court process through which six Members of Parliament, Uganda Law Society and Lawyer Male Mabiriizi, among others, petitioners asked the Constitutional Court to overturn the December 2017 constitutional amendments through which parliament lifted the cap on the presidential age.

Through the amendment, parliament also extended its term of office from five to seven years and reinstated presidential term limits. But the amendments were challenged on grounds that the manner in which they were passed undermined the independence of the legislature.

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