Joint JLOS Monitoring and Evaluation Visit
The Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) has concluded a joint monitoring and evaluation exercise for central Uganda. His Worship Asaph Ruhinda, the acting Chief Registrar, Courts of Judicature who led the team said the main aim of the JLOS monitoring and evaluation visit was three fold; to assess the conditions in which institutions operate, assess implementation of projects and see innovations that have been put in place to address challenges. The team that also included development partners from Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark and DANIDA visited several JLOS institutions in both Masindi and Hoima districts.
Kabalye Police Training School
Among the places visited included Kabalye Police Training School which is located 8km from Masindi town. The commandant of the facility, ACP Moses Kafeero, said training at the school emphasizes core values and serving the community. He said the school in partnership with Uganda Human Rights Commission, have designed a curriculum where at every stage of training, issues on human rights, gender and children’s issues are dealt with. JLOS is funding a storied 48 classroom block at the facility which will be used as a training centre for non commissioned officers when complete. Mr. Kafeero thanked the JLOS family for making time to assess the school's challenges, innovations and maintenance of existing projects. In his remarks, His Worship Ruhinda urged the school administration to ensure that the project is completed.
The team also visited Masindi Prison. Although the prison’s capacity was supposed to be 364, the facility now has 1001 inmates. The prison, which prides itself in being the lead human rights observer in the country, has several initiatives in place. The team was shown around the tailoring section, where 30 prisoners daily work at ensuring that prisoners countrywide have uniforms. There is a furniture showroom, carpentry, and metal fabricating workshops for male prisoners. For the women, there are handicrafts. The prisons management appealed to JLOS to assist in finding a lasting solution for the sewerage disposal system.
Masindi DCC Meeting
The day’s activities were crowned with presentations from the Masindi District Chain Linked Committee. The District Chain Linked Committees (DCCs) are based in each district to oversee and coordinate the justice reform program. The JLOS committees at the district work on the principle of chain link and are primarily focused on promoting cooperation, communication and coordination (3Cs) at the local level covering all the four focus areas of the JLOS. During the meeting, Justice Ralph Ochan, the resident judge Masindi, in his remarks urged development partners not to give up because the strong partnership has brought change in the justice system. He emphasized the need of building capacity especially among LC1s because they are the first foot soldiers in the justice system.
Hoima DCC Meeting
On Tuesday June 18, the team headed to the Hoima Chief Magistrates Court to hear reports from the DCC. His Worship Jameson Karemani, the Chief Magistrate who also doubles as the chairman of the DCC said they have decentralized the places of holding meetings - with each institution given an opportunity to host DCC forums on a rotational basis. It was noted during the meeting that the absence of a mortuary and police surgeon was making cases that require forensic expertise difficult to prosecute. There was however a marked improvement in criminal justice although there was an existing case backlog in civil justice.
Sam Wairagala, Advisor Monitoring and Evaluation at the Secretariat said JLOS is currently implementing a Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system. He commended the institutions for trying to ensure their mandates are made and added that as a Sector, they are trying to build capacity to ensure better service delivery. He noted that although the journey remains long, there are commendable strides in reaching the desired goal.