Four of the people who petitioned court over the controversial age limit bill have pulled out of the case, the Nile Post has learnt.
Four groups including the Uganda Law Society, six opposition MPs, lawyer Male Mabirizi and four other people Prosper Busingye, Pastor Jimmy Sunday, Hebert Mugiza and Thomas Guma petitioned the constitutional court challenging the entire process that led to the amendment of the Constitution that saw the removal of the presidential upper cap age limit of 75 years and the lower age cap limit of 35 years.
The Constitutional court in July delivered its judgment and it threw out petition prompting the petitioners to appeal against the decision through the Supreme Court.
Now, the group of four including Prosper Busingye, Pastor Jimmy Sunday, Hebert Mugiza and Thomas Guma, who claimed to be concerned Ugandans, have pulled out of the case reportedly after “carrying out consultations.”
The group through their lawyer James Byamukama said they had achieved their intended target through the petition adding there was no need of pursuing for an appeal of the judgment.
“Our petition was so unique that it was by ordinary Ugandans from upcountry unlike other petitions which were by the same opposition politicians and elites in Kampala who always petition,”said Byamukama during a press conference at Hotel Africana on Thursday.
“It was the only petition that proposed a constitutional review commission to study comprehensive reforms and amendments to the Constitution.”
Describing the four petitioners as ordinary people, youths, local council leaders and a pastor, the petitioners’ lawyer said they had greatly achieved their targets following the decision of the Constitutional Court.
“The disenfranchisement of the people’s right to elect their leaders and participate in government was nullified which was a great achievement. Similarly, the extension for LC leaders to seven years was nullified,” he said.
Asked whether the group had been bought to drop interest in the case, Byamukama dismissed it as unfounded rumours.
He said the four petitioners first consulted voters before coming up with the decision.
Byamukama said the withdraw notice is currently with the Attorney General waiting for his signature before it is formally filed in court.