Museveni Given Grand Easter Gift, Supreme Court upholds age limit Removal

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will today get some rest ahead of the Easter season following the decision that has been made by the seven Supreme Court judges.

These judges include Justices Stella Amoko Arachi, Ruby Opio Aweri, Jotham Tumwesigye, Bart Katureebe, Eldad Mwanguhya, Paul Mugamba and Lilian Tibatemwa.

On Thursday 18th April 2019, The Supreme court sitting in Kololo has upheld the removal of age limt from the Uganda constitution

This bill was passed into law by parliament in 2017.

In a ratio of 4:3 judges ruled that majority justices of the Constitutional Court that sat in Mbale town never erred when they ruled that the entire process of conceptualizing, debating and enactment of Constitution (Amendment) Act 2018 that removed the presidential age limit from the Constitution.

“The decision of the constitutional court is upheld and this appeal fails,” said Justice Eldad Mwanguya who read the final verdict on behalf of the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe who was unwell.

Justices Stella Amoko Arachi, Ruby Opio Aweri, Jotham Tumwesigye and Bart Katureebe upheld the decision of the constitutional court whereas justices Eldad Mwanguhya, Paul Mugamba and Lilian Tibatemwa disagreed with the lower court.

The verdict by the Supreme Court means President Museveni, who will be above 75 years will now be eligible to stand for election in 2021.

Last year, the Constitutional Court sitting in Mbale in a 4:1 decision, upheld the scrapping of the presidential age limit clauses from the Constitution by Parliament prompting a group of three parties including the Uganda Law Society, lawyer Male Mabirizi and 6 opposition MPs led by Winnie Kiiza to challenge the decision before the Supreme Court.

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