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AGE LIMIT APPEAL: Attorney General asks court to strike ULS application

Attorney General William Byaruhanga has asked the Supreme Court to reject the age limit appeal filed by the Uganda Law Society (ULS) challenging the newly enacted Age -limit Law (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The Attorney General has asked supreme court to strike out an appeal filed by the Uganda Law Society (ULS) challenging the newly enacted Age -limit Law saying the appeal was served out of time.

According to an affidavit sworn by Charity Nabassa, a State Attorney in the Attorney General’s chambers; Uganda Law Society filed a notice of appeal in the Supreme court on the August 3, 2018 but served it to the Attorney General chambers on the August 30, 2018 ; 13 days after the expiry of the prescribed 14 days in the law.

The Attorney General contends that such a procedural error cannot be overlooked by the Supreme court because it did not accord his attorneys ample time to file a meaning response to the appeal.

Court has set November 13 to hear the Attorney General’s application.

City lawyer Mabirizi arrives at the Supreme Court on August 13, 2018, in dramatic style with his 154 Age books challenging the Constitutional Court ruling on age limit (FILE PHOTO)

The appeal rises as 5 dissatisfied parties in a July /2018 Constitutional court ruling at Mbale where four, out of the five justices upheld Constitutional amendments that lifted the cap from the minimum and maximum presidential age; petitioned Supreme court.

These are; Hassan Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka, six opposition MPs, Uganda Law Society, Prosper Busingye and a one Buregyeya Bwambale.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court registrar Anguandia Opefeni has notified all parties involved in the age-limit petition appeal that in light of the Attorney General’s application against the Uganda Law Society; the conferencing date has been changed to November 17 from the earlier communicated date of November 7, 2018.

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