27th July 2018
By Vanansio Kakogoso
Some locals and leaders in Rubanda and Kabale district have expressed mixed reactions in the age limit petition following the Constitutional Court’s majority ruling that upheld the removal of the 75-age ceiling for president but quashed the extension of the term of the current Parliament.
Yesterday, The five justices of on a 4:1 majority verdict ruled that the MPs followed the law in amending Article 102(b) of the Constitution that removed the age limit on the presidency and allowed President Museveni to stand for re-election as many times as he wishes.
On this issue, the Deputy Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo and justices Remmy Kasule, Elizabeth Musoke and Cheborion Barishaki upheld the Act while Justice Kakuru dissented and declared the whole amendment process null. The court also nullified the restoration of presidential term limits saying they were passed by Parliament unconstitutionally.
Annet Niwagaba from Bushuro in Kitumba Sub County Kabale district says that she is happy because the legislators were denied extension of their term of office from five to seven years.
The Nyamweru sub county district councilor in Rubanda district Justus Kakwenza Owoyesiga welcomes the judgment saying that it will give an opportunity to youth below 30 years to vie for political seats. He also says that the Act will help country not to lose able leaders who are above 75 years.
The Kabale district male youth councilor George Saturday says that magistrates ruling were unfair because it only favored president Museveni. Conrad Kimonge Tumuheirwe from Bugongi in Northern division Kabale municipality says that he is not surprised that court upheld the removal of the 75-age ceiling for president since it favored president Museveni.
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