THE CITIZEN 24 FEB 2020
The East African Court of Justice has declined to stop a case challenging the constitutionality of changes in Uganda’s presidential term and age limits.
This is a fresh blow to President Yoweri Museveni’s bid to remain in power when the country goes to the polls in 2021.
The case filed by a Kampala-based lawyer, Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka, will now be heard and determined in the Arusha-based court.
In his application, Mr Mabirizi wants the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) to halt the implementation of the Uganda Electoral Commission Strategic Plan and Road Map for the 2020/2021 electoral period.
He argues that Uganda has violated the EAC Treaty on the principles of good governance, failed to adhere to the principles of democracy, the rule of law, social justice and the maintenance of universally accepted standards of human rights.
However, Uganda’s Attorney -General William Byaruhanga, his deputy Mwesigwa Rukutana, Solicitor-General Francis Atoke, acting Director of Litigation Christine Kahwa and more than nine lawyers including George Karemera (Principal State Attorney) have asked the EACJ to dismiss the case with costs.
President Museveni, through AG Byaruhanga, terms the application “frivolous and vexatious.”
The EACJ has ruled that it has jurisdiction over the matter, paving the way for another clash between Mr Mabirizi and AG Byaruhanga. The court will determine whether Uganda violated the EAC Treaty.