Whether We Lose or Win, Court Must Pay us Damages- Age Limit Petitioners

Layers Elias Lukwago and L. Rwakafuzi

Petitioners in the consolidated petitions challenging the enactment of Constitutional Amendment Bill, (No.2), 2017, popularly referred to as Age limit Bill have said that court must pay them damages whether they win or lose the petition.

According to the notice issued by registrar of Court of Appeal, court has set July 26, 2018 as the date in which judgment will be heard. The judgment will be delivered at 09.30am at Mbale High Court.

Recently, Ladislaus Rwakafuzi, senior lawyer and human rights defender said that court must pay the petitioner whether they win or lose the petition. In December last year, Rwakafuzi represented former presidential candidate Abed Bwanika, former Lubaga South MP John Ken Lukyamuzi and Justice Forum (JEEMA) President Asuman Basalirwa in a petition that they filed last year seeking court to halt the process of amending the constitution to remove the upper and lower age limit caps.

During an interview with the Insider, Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga, also one of the petitioners in the consolidated petition said that he hopes court will not slap costs on them, but rather reward them for pursuing a case of public interest.

“I want to believe this is a case of public interest. It is not a commercial case or an individual case, but rather a case that affects every Ugandan,” Karuhanga said.

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