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AGE LIMIT DEBATE: Hon. Abed Bwanika petitions constitutional court seeking injunction
Former Presidential Candidate Abed Bwanika has petitioned the constitutional court seeking orders to stop parliament from going ahead with processing the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017 that seeks to lift the presidential age limit, among other things.

Former Presidential Candidate Abed Bwanika has petitioned the constitutional court seeking orders to stop parliament from going ahead with processing the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017 that seeks to lift the presidential age limit, among other things.

Bwanika, through his lawyers, argues that the parliamentary process cannot proceed since the Electoral Commission had granted him permission to collect signatures from Ugandans who want a referendum held to determine whether the presidential age limit should be removed

As parliament, through the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee, continues scrutinizing the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017, which seeks to remove presidential age limits, some Ugandans are working hard to halt this process.

 

One of those seeking to halt the ongoing constitutional amendment process is three-time presidential candidate Abed Bwanika who has petitioned the constitutional court seeking orders to stop parliament from further deliberations on the amendment bill.

 

In June, Bwanika was granted permission to collect signatures from Ugandans for a referendum on whether article 102b should be amended to allow the removal of the presidential age limit. He now wants the constitutional court to determine whether parliament can go ahead with processing the constitutional amendment bill before the referendum process is concluded.

 

But Kyaka South MP Jackson Kafuzi, who is also the seconder of the bill, argues that Bwanika’s petition is misconceived and it is only aimed at undermining the independence of parliament.

 

However, members of parliament have expressed divided opinions on Bwanika’s petition with some arguing that the speaker was not specific on how consultations should be conducted.

 

If court does not halt the process, parliament’s Legal Affairs committee is expected to end its process of scrutinizing the bill by 15th December.