Age Limit: Case against Kadaga takes new twist

Some of the suspended MPs in court recently. Courtesy photo.

KAMPALA–High Court judge Margaret Oguli Oumo last week issued summons ordering Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and the Attorney General (AG) to appear in court today over allegations of suspending six MPs during the voting of the contentious age limit Bill.

But in a sudden turn of events, she has shockingly pulled out of the case despite both the involved parties showing up for the hearing of their case.

She has instead referred the case to the Constitutional Court for interpretation.

According to a ruling written by Oguli-Oumo and read Wednesday to court by Assistant Registrar Joy Kabagye; “She has come to a conclusion that the MPs inappropriately filed their case against Speaker Kadaga and Attorney General before a wrong court”.

She explained that according to section 137 of the Constitution, any person who alleges to have been aggrieved with any act or omission that contravenes the Constitution, should petition the Constitutional court for a redress henceforth declining to hear the case.

Both parties were were ordered to bear their own costs.

MPs Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality), Jonathan Odur (Erute County South), Mubarak Munyangwa (Kawempe South), Anthony Akol, (Kilak North) Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West) and Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda (Kira Municipality) filed a petition in Kampala High Court last week, arguing that the suspension for seven sittings issued to them by Kadaga last week, barring them from attending the debate on the Bill, is illegal.

They wanted court to declare their suspension invalid and to order the Speaker to rescind her decision and allow them back in the House.



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