Lawyer Petitions Court Over Age Cap

28th, July 2017

A concerned lawyer has petitioned the Constitutional Court seeking to remove the age cap imposed on various political offices including that of President.

Mr Philip Roland Opio sued the Attorney General states that Article 21 (1) of the Constitution guarantees equality of all people before and under the law in all spheres of political,economic, social and cultural life.

He also states that Article 38 of the Constitution guarantees every Ugandan citizen the civic right to participate in the affairs of government.

Mr Opio says he is aggrieved with Section III (3) of the Local Governments Act that bars adults below 30 years and adults of over 75 years from qualification for election as district chair person.

He further contends that Section 111(4)C of the Local Government's Act bars adults who are below 30 years and adults of over 75 years from qualification for election as chairperson of municipality,town, division or sub-county.

The petitioner also states that Article 102 of the Constitution bars adults who are below 35 years and those above 75 years from contesting for the presidency and that this is in contravention with the right to equality and freedom from discrimination.

Through his lawyers, Mr Opio now wants the Constitutional Court to declare that Section 111 (3) c of the Local Governments Act is inconsistent with Article 21 of the Constitution that demands that every citizen should not be discriminated against.

He also wants court to declare that Article 102 (b) of the Constitution contravenes Article 21 of the same constitution.

Mr Opio also wants the Nakasero-based court to declare that Section IV (4) of the Local Government's Act is inconsistent with Article 21 of the Constitution.

The petition comes at the time when there is a raging debate on the proposed amendment of the Constitution to remove the 75 age cap for presidency.