The Supreme Court in Kololo is expected to deliver its verdict in the age limit appeal filed last year.
Last year, the Constitutional Court sitting in Mbale in a 4:1 decision, upheld the scrapping of the presidential age limit clauses from the Constitution by Parliament prompting a group of three parties including the Uganda Law Society, lawyer Male Mabirizi and 6 opposition MPs led by Winnie Kiiza to challenge the decision before the Supreme Court.
On Monday, the court registrar announced the judgment which has been pending for over three months will be delivered today morning.
“Take notice that the judgment of this appeal has been fixed for the 18thday of April 2019 at 10am .If no appearance is made by yourself, your pleader or by someone by law authorized to act for you, the judgment will be delivered in your absence,” a notice by the Supreme Court Deputy Registrar said on Monday.
A panel of 8 judges lead by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe heard the consolidated appeal.
Issues to be determined
The Supreme Court will rule on whether the justices of the Constitutional Court misdirected themselves on the application of basic structure doctrine while determining the age limit petition.
The court will also rule on whether the Justices of the Constitutional Court erred in law when they said that the entire process of consulting, debating and enactment of the age limit act didn’t contravene provisions of the 1995 constitution and the rules and procedures of parliament.
The panel of Supreme Court judges will also rule on whether the Justices of the Constitutional Court erred in law when they held that the scuffle and violence in and outside parliament didn’t contravene the 1995 constitution.
The country’s highest court will also give its judgment on whether the Justices of the Constitutional Court applied the substantiality test while deciding the age limit petition.
The Supreme Court will also address itself on whether the Justices of the Constitutional Court misguided themselves when they ruled that passing of the age limit was not inconsistent with the 1995 Constitution.
The court will also give its verdict on whether the judges contravened the 1995 Constitution when they ruled that the president elected in 2016 will not leave office after clocking 75 years of age.
The judges will also pronounce themselves on whether the colleagues from the Constitutional Court derogated the applicants’ right to fair hearing, injudiciously exercised their discretion and committed procedural irregularities and if so, to what extent did it affect the final judgment.