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Museveni advised to run to court to sort out age limit rulings

by Odongo Christopher

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni attends the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia January 28, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

Uganda president Yoweri Museveni has been told to petition Supreme Court if he does not  agree with the outcome of the Constitutional Court ruling which scrapped the two years extension on the tenure of members of parliament. 

The judges in their ruling dated 26th July 2018 said the parliament do not have the powers to extend their tenure and that of Local Government.

The president later condemned the court decision urging that the court did not consider substances but rather processes which led to the enactment of the law. The president added that judges should have considered the recent LC 1 election to reach at their judgement because it proved that the ruling party is still needed.The president added that he rally the members of parliament to extend the term in office to seven years without necessarily requiring the input of judges.

The president statement has been condemned by general public saying it undermines the core principle of democracy and constitutions which provides for separation of powers.

Speaking to journalists today the government  spoke person Ofwono Opondo defended the president statement  but advised him to appeal the ruling if he does not agree with it. Ofwono added that his complains wont change anything.

Civil Society group also asked the president to refrain himself from intimidating judges and other government institution asking him to use appropriate avenues to air his grievances if he is not satisfied with what came out of the Mbale ruling.

It is however important to note that, this is not the first time the president is attacking judges. During State of Nations address in June this year, the president warned the judges against granting bails to murder suspects.




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