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BIG STORY: EACJ dismisses age limit case filed by lawyer Mabirizi

The East African Court of Justice (EACJ) First Instance Division has dismissed with costs the presidential age limit appeal by Kampala lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi.

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In a judgement read by EACJ principal judge Monica Mugenyi in a virtually held session, the court noted that presidential age limit removal did not violate the rule of law principle in Uganda.

The court also cleared Chief Justice Emeritus Bart Katureebe of incompetence and bias as alleged by Mabirizi.

The court therefore upheld the majority Supreme Court decision in the matter.

Three months ago, on July 14, five judges at the Arusha-based court in Tanzania, remotely heard the final submissions from Mabirizi and Uganda’s Attorney General William Byaruhanga.

In his petition, Mabirizi argued that the entire tabling, debating, and passing of the bill was procedurally defective. The contentious Article 102(b) prescribes on term limits.

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