Ugandans have a big reason to jubilate following the decision of the East African Court of Justice throwing out a case in which lawyer Male Mabirizi was challenging the age limit amendment which cleared the way for NRM National Chairman, President Yoweri Museveni, to contest in the 2021 elections.
Mabirizi was party to the petition lodged at the Constitutional court challenging the removal of the clause back in 2017.
He then resorted to the regional court in a pursuit of injustice against a legally and properly executed amendment. He argued that the actions and decisions of the three organs of government -Legislature (Parliament), Executive and Judiciary- in processing the age limit amendment infringed on the provisions of the East African Community treaty.
On Wednesday, the court ruled that the process of enacting the age limit was properly done within the legal requirements and endorsed the Ugandan Supreme Court’s earlier decision to throw out the petition.
The court ruled that Mabirizi shouldered the burden to prove his case to the required standard that the judgment of Uganda’s Supreme Court to uphold the amendment of the age limit was done illegally, something he failed to do.
The court consequently declared a dismissal of the matter.
The action by the hallowed regional court puts paid to any legal challenge to NRM National Chairman Museveni’s quest to continue giving Ugandans tested, experienced and realistic leadership. He is NRM’s flagbearer, a status he earned unopposed due to his sterling performance.