KAMPALA – After Justices of Constitutional Court in a majority decision last month okayed the removal of the Presidential age Limit and unanimously declared the extension of the term of members of parliament and local government unconstitutional, one of the petitioners Hassan Male Mabirizi has formerly appealed to the Supreme Court.
Mabirizi, who filed a notice of appeal just a day after the judgment, has this morning filed a memorandum of appeal at the Supreme Court in which he challenges parts of the constitutional court judgement.
Mabirizi’s 30,692-page record of appeal was this morning delivered to the Supreme Court where it was received by Deputy Registrar Godfrey Angualia Opefeni.
Mabirizi lists 84 grounds upon which he asks the Supreme Court to overturn the majority judgment of the constitutional court.
Among the grounds, Mabirizi faults the 4 justices for failing to address themselves on the provisions of the Constitution that require the Electoral Commission to hold a referendum before carrying out any constitutional amendment.
“Under our law, an assent is one. The president only signs one signature. He can’t assent in part. And yet the Constitutional Court is saying that there is need for a referendum in respect of the MPs. This section of the MPs was also in the act. Normally if the president wants to assent to a bill, he signs one signature and if he doesn’t agree with any of the contents of the bill, he sends it back to Parliament. So what this tells us is there was need for a referendum but somehow it passed without one. Without a referendum that act will not pass,” Mabirizi said.