POLICE DEPLOYS AT SUPREME COURT AHEAD OF AGE LIMIT APPEAL JUDGEMENT
There is heavy deployment of police and other security agencies at the Supreme Court ahead of the long-awaited judgement in the consolidated Age Limit Appeal. Police from the counter-terrorism unit, plain-clothed and uniformed police officers were seen guarding inside and outside the court premises located at Upper Kololo. By time of filing this report, the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe and majority petitioners in the consolidated age limit appeal including Male Mabiriizi were already at Kololo based court of appeal. Some of the petitioners include the six opposition Members of Parliament represented by lawyers Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi and Erias Lukwago.
Ken Lukyamuzi, Abed Bwanika and Norbert Mao, the Democratic Party President are among the politicians present in court. The consolidated appeal stems from a Constitutional Court judgment delivered by a panel of five judges in 2018 who upheld the amendment of the constitution in which Parliament lifted the cap on the presidential age.The judges; Cheborion Barishaki, Elizabeth Musoke, Alphonse Owiny-Dollo and Remmy Kasule, said the act was passed in line with Constitutional procedures. However Justice Kenneth Kakuru dissented in his judgment noting that the entire process of amending the Constitution was flawed since the majority of the legislators never consulted citizens, in whom the power is vested.