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.
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.