The East African Court of Justice has agreed to hear a case filed by a Ugandan lawyer on presidential age limits. This is the fresh blow to President Museveni’s bid to remain in power when the country goes to the poll in 2021. Lawyer Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka is accusing Uganda of violating the East Africa Community treaty on good governance and democracy by scrapping the presidential age limit of 75 years.
The opposition says this was done to open the way for President Yoweri Museveni, 73, to run for a six term in 2021. Uganda, through the attorney general, has asked the court to dismiss the case, describing it as “frivolous and vexatious.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders. He has been in power for 34 years since 1986. Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled notorious Ugandan leaders Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85) before capturing power in the 80s.
Parliament of Uganda voted overwhelmingly in December 2017 to scrap then age limit of 75 years for presidential candidates.