Judges’ take on key issues in age limit ruling

Five Justices of the Constitutional Court will on Thursday give their individual judgments in the consolidated constitutional petition they heard in Mbale High Court in April

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Ruling. A Coram of five Constitutional Court judges yesterday delivered the long-awaited verdict on the ‘age limit’ case that they heard in the eastern town of Mbale Town. Anthony Wesaka brings highlights of their individual decisions on two key of the 14 issues for determination; extension of MPs’ term by additional two years and the scrapping of the upper presidential age limit.

Justice Elizabeth Musoke
On MPs term. She struggled to read her judgment. At least, she was clear MPs were elected to serve for five years and adding an extra two, without reference to voters, amounted to the legislators choosing to represent themselves and not the people who elected them.
Justice Musoke ruled: “I find that the extension of the life of Parliament and Local Council leaders took away the social contract and rights they had with the electorate of five years, and not seven years.” Held justice Musoke.

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