The Judgment of Reference No. 7 of 2017 British American Tobacco Limited vs The Attorney General of the Republic of Uganda will be on Tuesday 26th March 2019 from 9.30 a.m.

The Applicant is challenging Uganda Excise Duty (Amendment) Act No.11 of 2017 for contravening the Treaty Establishing the East African Community, the Customs Union and the Common Market Protocols. The Applicant contends that, the Act infringes Articles 6(d), (e), 7(1) (c) 75(1), (4), (6) & 80(1) (f) of the Treaty, Articles 15 (1) & (2) of the Customs Union Protocol as well as Articles 4, 5, 6 & 32 of the Common Market Protocol.

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Representatives of the Parties

Counsel for the Applicants:
Mr Kiryowa Kiwanuka
Mr Peter Kauma
Mr Richard Bibangamba

Counsel for the Respondent:
Ms Gorretti Arinaitwe

Mr Richard Adrole

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