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10 city lawyers to sue Parliament over age limit

Yusuf Nsibambi is one of the lawyers preparing to challenge the passing of the age limit bill. File photo.

KAMPALA–Ten City lawyers have started drafting a petition challenging the amendment of Article 102 (b) of the Constitution to lift the Presidential age limit.

PML Daily has learnt that the 10 lawyers started drafting the petition Friday evening expecting to file it by Wednesday next week.

“I am sure on Wednesday morning, we shall have filed our petition,” said Yusuf Nsibambi, one of the lawyers involved in the drafting the petition.

On Wednesday this week, 317 legislators voted in favour of lifting the age limit while 92 opposed the move in a highly contested debate.

Other lawyers involved in challenging the passed bill according to sources are Peter Walubiri, the Constitutional lawyer and Rwakafuzi, among others.

Nsibambi listed five issues they will raise before the Judges to cancel the bill. These include the process followed to pass the bill, producing evidence how the security agents intimidated legislators and flouting of rules of procedure of Parliament.

“The bill was supposed to be tabled in Parliament and the Speaker was supposed to give MPs three days to study it. Instead, she sent the bill on their Ipads, but this is illegal. The law states the bill has to be laid on the table,” Nsibambi argued.

He urged the judges who will be handling the case to act independently.

Extending term of office
The city lawyers are also fighting to block politicians from extending their term of office. MPs on Wednesday passed a bill extending their term of office from five to seven years. And the councillors district chairpersons are also to benefit.

But Nsibambi told PML Daily that legally, the Constitution permits them to extend their term of offices if Uganda is under instability and for a period not exceeding six months.

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