LC1 Chairpersons Challenge Retirement Age in Constitutional Court

High court building

Local Council chairpersons have petitioned the Constitutional court challenging several articles of the Constitution that relate to mandatory retirement of public and  servants and political figures due to age.

In a petition filed by Yasin Omar, buy more about the chairperson LC1 for Muyenga Hill village with  his 2 colleagues; Peter Ndyomugyenyi and Mable Namutebi, they want the Constitutional court to declare that it’s discriminatory and unconstitutional to retire a person basing on their age rather than assessing their physical and mental capability to perform their duties.

These have listed a number of public servants with their respective retirement age -limit including Police, Army officers, teachers and doctors who are required to retire from civil service upon attaining 60 years of age.

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In the judiciary, Omar and colleagues say that once  a chief justice and his deputy make 70 years, they are bound to retire as per the Constitution yet the Principle Judge and his Highcourt judges must not exceed 65 years in service.

In the political section Omar wants court to declare that it’s unconstitutional to lock out the youths who have not yet attained the age of 35 from executive positions yet they are the  majority of Uganda’s population

His claim is based on the Constitutional which limits the contesting age of the president and his vice at 35.

These further contend that the country stands to lose out on experts and academicians due to this mandatory   retirement age-limit yet the same people are hired as consultants in outside countries.

Omar pointed out   an example of professors and lecturers who attain high qualifications at ages of 45-50 and must retire at 60, but remain productive to the outside world.

Court has not yet summoned the Attorney General who is listed as the respondent in the matter to file their defense.


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