The panel of three Judges of the East African Court of Justice led by the Principal Judge Monica Mugenyi dismissed the matter on Tuesday after two lawyers Nelson Ndeki and Don Deya representing the politicians told the court that they were not willing to proceed with the case. Other Judges on the panel are; Justice Dr Peter Nyawello and Charles Nyachae.
African Court of Justice has dismissed with costs the consolidated cases filed
by seven opposition politicians challenging the removal of the age limit law from the
The politicians are Winfred Kiiza the Kasese District Woman MP, John Baptist
Nambeshe the Manjiya County MP, Gerald Karuhanga the Ntungamo Municipality MP,
Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda the Kira Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze the Mukono
Municipality MP, Alice Asianut Alaso the former Woman MP for Serere District
and a Woman's Rights Activist Irene Ovonji Odida.
The panel of three Judges of the East African Court of Justice led by the
Principal Judge Monica Mugenyi dismissed the matter on Tuesday after two lawyers
Nelson Ndeki and Don Deya representing the seven told the court that they were not willing to proceed with the case.
Other Judges on the panel are; Justice Dr Peter Nyawello and Charles
Deya told the court that they were withdrawing from the case because their clients
did not give them further instructions to proceed with the case and neither have they filed
any evidence to the court.
As a result,
the Attorney General of Uganda William Byaruhanga and another petitioner Male
Mabirizi asked the Judges to dismiss the case on grounds that the other
petitioners had still failed to meet the February 2020 deadline that was given
to them to file submissions.
that despite the failure to meet the deadline, there is nothing that was ever filed
since then to show that the politicians are still interested in the
However, Mabirizi disagreed with the Attorney General on dismissing the cases
with costs arguing that it was a matter of public interest.
But the Justices dismissed the case with costs citing that the people should
not be using courts to pile up cases they will not handle up to the end while
using public interest as an excuse.
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petitioners had run to the East African Court of Justice challenging the
removal of the age limit from the Ugandan constitution. They argued that
several actions, directives and decisions of all the three organs of the
government of Uganda in conceptualizing, processing and upholding the removal
of the 75-year age limit were unlawful.
that several of the actions infringed on some provisions of the East African
Community where Uganda is a signatory.
they faulted Parliament for scrapping the age limit law without consulting
Ugandans as provided for by the constitution. They added that process leading
to the amendment of the constitution was marred with irregularities such as
bribery of legislators and violence in parliament.
They also faulted the executive arm of
government led by President Yoweri Museveni for assenting to the Bill without
verifying that there was a certificate of compliance accompanying it. The
petitioners first petitioned the constitutional and supreme court which upheld
the law saying it had been passed within the conformity of the law.
This now leaves Male Mabirizi the only person challenging the removal of the age limit law in the same court.