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My Lord, Uganda’s constitution was overthrown – Mabirizi

Male Mabirizi

One of the petitioners challenging the 2017 constitutional Amendment Act says Parliament replaced the 1995 constitution.

Hassan Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka, in his submission on the second day of the Constitutional Court hearing in Mbale district, said the country now has no constitution.

He submitted that Parliament did not merely amend the constitution to scrap the presidential age limits but enacted a new constitution without following laid down procedures of amending it.

Mabirizi Kiwanuka wowed the courtroom leading to an outburst of laughter as he submitted.

He says the 2017 Constitution Amendment Act, passed by Parliament on December 20 amidst acrimony, substantially changed the amended version of 1995 constitution.

He argued that two elements of the constitution are at stake as a result of the decisions by Parliament to amend the constitution without following procedure.

Those, he said, included sovereignty of the people and the qualification of the President.

It had to take the Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo to restrain those in the courtroom to reduce on the laughter.

 

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