Uganda’s top court paved the way Thursday for the country’s 74-year-old leader Yoweri Museveni to seek a sixth term in office, upholding a ruling to scrap presidential age limits.
The Supreme Court dismissed a challenge by Museveni’s opponents, who had appealed against a constitutional court ruling that removed an age cap of 75 for presidential contenders.
“This appeal therefore fails,” Chief Justice Bart Katureebe declared in handing down the court’s majority 4-3 verdict.
The decision allows Museveni — who has ruled Uganda since seizing power at the head of a rebel army in 1986 — to seek re-election in polls due in 2021.
Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana declared the verdict “a big win for Uganda”.
“We are elated. This is a sign of how democracy has taken root in our country,” he told AFP.
But a lawyer for the petitioners, Erias Lukwago, said “it is democracy that suffers”.
“It is a disappointment, but in…