Bwanika, Lukyamuzi, Basalirwa in court to block age limit

Dr. Abed Bwanika during a meeting at Bwala Social Centre in Masaka district

Three presidents of opposition political parties have petitioned High Court in Kampala to block the presidential age limit bill from being passed.

They are; Dr. Abed Bwanika of the People’s Development Party (PDP), Asuman Basalirwa of Jeema and Ken Lukyamuzi of the Conservative party.

Through their lawyers Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi and Luyimbazi Nalukoola, the trio is seeking orders stopping parliament from proceeding to discuss the intended amendment of Article102(b) of the constitution regarding the lifting of  the presidential age limit.

The leaders contend that it’s cheaper and quicker to collect Electronic signatures as opposed to the traditional way hence the bill cannot be debated without first consulting citizens through a Referendum.

They argue that it is only through a referendum that citizens can fully participate in the political affairs of their country.

However, the Electoral Commission and Uganda Communications Commission have since frustrated their efforts to ably push for a referendum.

Bwanika notified EC in June 2017 but he only got a response after MP Raphael Magyezi had already tabled the bill in parliament.

EC then gave Bwanika a form to collect the required 1.5 million signatures only to be quickly confiscated by police when he had just gathered 40,000 signatures.

He is now asking court to compel UCC to provide a USSD code on which they can collect electoral signatures.

He further wants court to compel EC to accept and consider the said signatures for purposes of holding a referendum.