President Museveni has assented to the Children’s (Amendment) Bill 2015, which seeks to strengthen the protection of children’s rights and restrict legal guardianship of children to Ugandan citizens. The President assented to the Bill on May 20, two months after the Bill was passed by Parliament. The law amends the old Children Act, 1997 (cap 59), which focused on the basic needs of the child. The passing of the legislation followed a push for a watertight law to protect Uganda’s children being exposed to abuse and exploitation by those who take advantage of the gaps in the parent law.
The Act also provides for guardianship of children; prohibit corporal punishment and other related matters.
The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), an organisation which promotes children’s rights in Uganda, hailed the move as a milestone in promoting human rights. Uganda ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990, committing itself to putting children first so that they grow, survive and reach their full potential. The Justice, Law and Order Sector with support from UNICEF is currently implementing the Justice for Children (J4C) Programme whose is aim is to strengthen the overall sector’s capacity to respond to the needs of children in the justice system
Clause 11 of Act offers clarity on guardianship. It introduces legal customary guardianship in which guardianship is only possible if there are no relatives willing to look after the child or if alternative care options have been exhausted; and is restricted to only Ugandans.
Non-Inter-country adoption will be a matter of last resort after other alternative care options have been exhausted and clarify on the offences of an administrator of the estate of a child to ensure that children’s property is not abused.
Published: June 2, 2016
KAMPALA - President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Bukedea District Woman MP, Rose Akol as the new minister for Internal Affairs. The position fell vacant following the death of Gen. Aronda Nyakairima in September this year and had not been filled since. 51-year-old Akol is a trained accountant, holding a Master of Business Administration from Makerere University Business School. Before becoming Member of Parliament, Akol served as Internal Auditor at Joint Clinical Research Centre and Uganda Airlines Corporation.
She also worked as an accountant at Karamoja Development Agency and Uganda Export Promotion Council. She is also a committee member on Finance, Planning and Economic Development and the Budget Committee.
The other appointment is 80-year-old Al Hajji Ali Kirunda Kivejinja, who has been appointed 3rd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs. The position fell vacant following the death of Eriya Kategaya in March 2013. The president has also appointed Micheal Werikhe Kafabusa, 60, as State Minister for Industry. Werikhe replaces the late Dr James Mutende who died last month.
The newly appointed ministers will have to be vetted by the Appointments Committee of Parliament
Source: The Observer | November 16, 2015
President Yoweri Museveni has said there is no serious dialogue between the three arms of government; the executive, the legislature and the judiciary, to talk about strategy and ideology of the country. “We only talk about sharing resources which is not enough. We must understand, what does the State want to do? There s a weakness of harmony and orientation of strategy,” he said.
The President was yesterday speaking to over 80 judges whom he hosted at State House in Entebbe. Responding to a presentation by the Chief Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe, on the transformation of the Judiciary for National Development, President Museveni cited UPE and USE that were initiated by government following a steady tax collection regime. “We thought having these children in school was unavoidable. When the tax collection improved from 2.8billion in 1986 to 728billion in 1997, we started UPE. The number of children in school jumped from the initial 2.5million to 8.8million. The Problem is that with policies and prioritization, the judiciary is not involved that is why they don’t get the logic and factors taken into account,” he said.
The President said with the tax collection now at 12000billion (12trillion), government has invested in infrastructure development in the education, health, roads and electricity sectors. “Public service increased teachers from 80,000 to 160,000 with increased classrooms. There was load shedding which has stopped. We were spending very little of our money on infrastructure and depended on donors,” he said.
The President said government now spends Shs 3000bn on roads, 1700bn on electricity and quite a bit on the army. President Museveni said that government has put more efforts in the construction of roads in all parts of the country using locally generated resources. He said the roads would have a big impact on the national economy because they would serve for a long time and provide an opportunity to address other important sectors that need to be funded.
“We spend quite a bit on the army to be able to build a strong army although soldiers get low wages. Amin soldiers were well paid but had no weapons. But we said weapons first. We brought peace cheaply with most of our soldiers sleeping in Maama ingia pole. If we did not do this, we would have our country run by the United Nations,” he said, adding that peace is enabling Uganda to get more money. “I can speak authoritatively that we have one institution that has given you exemplary service cheaply. It’s not a story, it’s not something I read in a book, I have it here on good record,” he said.
The President assured the Judges of state security after their retirement and said judicial officers should retire with 100% of their normal service benefits. He said this is a cost effective way of addressing the welfare of the judicial officers. He urged them to improvise in line with housing for the courts and proposed institutional housing for judicial service officers.
President Museveni said that the NRM Government was fully committed to providing vehicles for all judges and Magistrates in the country and proposed that they establish a SACCO that government can facilitate. He said that the government would soon fund medical check-up for them in health facilities of their choice within the country.
Museveni said government will support the Shs 36bn five year ICT strategic plan to roll out a robust case management system providing for E-filing to reduce timelines and loss of files. The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, commended President Museveni for eliminating extra Judicial killings in the country. He however, pointed out that the judiciary has rental arrears of 3bn and that the supreme court may be up for eviction if nothing is done. Katureebe said with a 46% growth in the budget from Shs63bn in 2012/13 to Shs92bn in 2014/15, performance also increased by 49% from 102,000 cases in 2010/11 to 152,000 cases disposed of in 2014/15.
Source: State House | September 3. 2015
KAMPALA -- President Yoweri Museveni has named 28 new judges to fill vacant positions in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court.The appointments are subject to parliamentary approval and the names have been forwarded to the Speaker of Parliament for vetting.The appointments to the Court of Appeal include the Director of Public Prosecutions, Richard Butera, Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa (Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of academics at Makerere University) and Kenneth Kakuru, a human rights lawyer.