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Supreme Court prepares for Age Limit hearing


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Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Supreme Court has set November 7th as the conferencing date for appeals filed challenging the Age limit ruling by the Constitutional Court.

The Court will be hearing appeals filed by Male Mabirizi, six Members of Parliament and Uganda Law Society.

According to the notice issued on October 17th by the Registrar Supreme court Godfrey Opifeni, some of the issues to be discussed at the conferencing include; Consolidation of Appeals, issues of determination, schedules for filing submissions, replies and rejoinders.

Court will on the day of the pre-trial conferencing also fix the hearing date.

Through their lawyers Erias Lukwago and Ladislaus Rwakafuzi the opposition MPs argue appealed against 11 of the 14 decisions by the panel of five judges comprising of Deputy Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo, Cheborion Barishaki, Elizabeth Musoke, Remmy Kasule and Kenneth Kakuru.

The decisions being challenged include; the pronouncement by four of the judges that members of parliament held fair consultations among Ugandans and that the petitioners had no sufficient evidence to show instances of widespread interruption of public consultation.

They argue that the judges erred when they ruled that despite being arbitrary, unfortunate, and unconstitutional, the directive by the police director of operations Asuman Mugyenyi stopping consultations by MPs, did not affect the outcome of the consultation process.

They add that it was wrong for the judges to conclude that the 29 million shillings given to each MP for consultations did not have any financial implication on the consolidated fund.

Mabirizi, who filed a notice of appeal just a day after the judgment, challenged parts of the constitutional court judgment. He says that he is dissatisfied with part of the majority judgment, orders and some aspects of the unanimous judgment.

He also contends that the lower Court derogated his right to fair hearing, treated him in an inhuman, degrading and discriminated against him in a manner not justifiable in a free and democratic society or allowed by the constitution.




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