Justice Mwanguhya however, declined to pronounce himself on the allegations that MPs were bribed to support the bill, saying it is the role of the Auditor General to do so. Each MP received Shillings 29M as facilitation to consult voters on the bill
Justices Stella Arach
Aweri and Eldad Mwanguhya have differed in their judgment on the
consolidated presidential age
The two are part of the
seven members of the Supreme Court panel delivering their judgment on the
consolidated age limit appeal, which is still ongoing.
The appeal is challenging the scrapping of the 75 year
president age limit from the constitution.
In her judgment, Justice Stella
Arach Amoko upheld the Constitutional Court decision indicating that the
process leading to the conceptualization of the Age Limit Bill, which eventual
led to the scrapping of the age limit was very clear and lawful.
She therefore dismissed the appeal by Male Mabirizi, six
opposition legislators and Uganda Law Society with each party bearing its own
in his judgment, Justice Mwanguhya
noted that the process leading to the scrapping of the presidential age limit
He said there was no valid certificate of compliance for
the bill before it was sent to the president to be assented to.
"There was no valid certificate of compliance. This
means that there was nothing valid to assent to by the President", said Mwanguhya.
He also explained that during consultations, some of the voters asked their
legislators to terms limits and voted against the bill.
Justice Mwanguhya also noted that some of legislators were assaulted badly and
thrown out of parliament during debate of the bill, which was
Justice Mwanguhya however, declined to pronounce himself on the allegations that MPs were bribed to support the bill, saying it is the role of the Auditor General to do so.
Each MP received
Shillings 29M as facilitation to consult voters on the bill
several opposition legislators declined to take the money and returned it to
the treasury of parliament, saying they are facilitated to do their work.
ordered each party to meet the costs of its suit. Justice Apio Aweri
also upheld the decision of the constitutional court Judgment and dismissed the
Prof. Lilian Tibatemwa, Jotham Tumwesigye, Paul Mugamba and Justice Bart Katureebe were yet to deliver their judgment
by the time of publishing this story.
Male Mabirizi, one of the petitioners told URN that he is impressed
by the reasoning of Justice Mwanguhya and hopes more judges take his side.
The Kyadondo East legislator MP, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi
Wine, said they expect little from the court, saying the judiciary is controlled
by the state.