Court name
Supreme Court of Uganda
Case number
Constitutional Appeal 2 of 2018
Judgment date
18 April 2019

Male Mabirizi & ors v Attorney General (Constitutional Appeal 2 of 2018) [2019] UGSC 6 (18 April 2019);

Cite this case
[2019] UGSC 6
Short summary:

Constitutional Law, Constitutional Interpretation

Headnote and holding:

The court held that in
interpreting a Constitution, the history of the
country and the prevailing circumstances have
to be put into consideration. That in the history
of Uganda, there has nothing been like a
problem with a very aged president or a very
young president. That one should not be denied
a chance to participate because of age citing
the preamble and National Objective II that
promotes equality. That the Justices of the
Constitutional Court were correct to find that

the restriction on the age of the President or the
Chairperson Local Council V was not a basic
pillar of the Constitution of Uganda and was
therefore not part of the basic structure.
Further, the removal of the age limit didn’t in
any way negate people’s power to choose a
leader of their choice. The removal instead
enhances their participation.