East Africa

EA court dismisses Mabirizi appeal against removal of age limit

The East African Court of Justice (EACJ) has dismissed the appeal by renown City lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi against the removal of presidential age limit (Article 102(b))

In a judgement read by principal judge Monica Mugenyi in a virtually held session, the court noted that presidential age limit removal did not violate the rule of law principle in Uganda.

The court also cleared Chief Justice Emeritus Bart Katureebe of incompetence and bias as alleged by Mabirizi.

The court therefore upheld the majority Supreme Court decision in the matter.

Three months ago, on July 14, five judges at the Arusha-based court in Tanzania, remotely heard the final submissions from Mabirizi and Uganda’s Attorney General William Byaruhanga.

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Grievance

In his petition, Mabirizi argued that the entire tabling, debating, and passing of the bill was procedurally defective. The contentious Article 102(b) prescribes on term limits.

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Last year on May 3, Mabirizi petitioned EACJ to invalidate the Constitutional Amendment Act 2018, which endorsed presidential age limit removal in the Constitution.

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