Uganda Law Society, the umbrella body uniting all legal practitioners in the country has petitioned the Constitutional Court seeking to annulthe newly signedage-limit Act, which among others lifted presidential age limit.
The Law Society of Ugandathrough its president Francis Gimara, prominent lawyer Prof Fredrick Ssempebwa and Agago North MPProf. Morris Ogenga Latigo, filed a petition against the Attorney Generalsaying they are aggrieved with the whole process through which the constitutional amendment Bill was passed, right from itsconceptualizing, tabling, consultation, debating, up to the passing on the 20th December 2017.
Some of the unusual incidents which the petitioners point out include the invasion of parliament by security forces, that turned against and arrested opposition MPs, wounding some in the process.
They further challenged the interference of the same security organs in the consultations which were supposed to be held by the MPs in their various constituencies.
They are also against the Acts extension of the tenure of office of current Mps and Local Government leaders for another 2 years, which they say breaches the contract signed with the voters in 2016 to serve only for 5 years.
The lawyers contend that becauseofthis constitutional divergence, the Electoral commissionwill now be required to hold separate presidential andParliamentary elections which is not only inconsistent with Articles 1, 8a and 260 (1) of the Constitution but will increase the financial burden on the tax payers.
Its on the above grounds that the petitioners seek court to declare that it was unconstitutional for parliament to pass a private members bill whose effect isto have payments made from the consolidated fund to facilitate the extended tenure of office for MPs and Local government councilors.
They also want a court declaration that having limitations to holding public Offices are the core spirit of constitutionalism in a free and democratic society.