The Honourable Chief Justice of Uganda
The Honourable Deputy Chief Justice of Uganda
The Honourable Principal Judge
My Lords, Justices and Judges of the Courts of Judicature
Your Excellency, the Head of delegation of the European Union and Chairperson of the JLOS Development Partners Group
Your Excellences, Heads of Diplomatic Missions to Uganda
Honourable Members of Parliament
Heads of JLOS Institutions
Members of the JLOS Steering and Technical Committees
Members of the JLOS Coordination Committees
Distinguished invited guests in your respective capacities
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I welcome you all to the 21st Joint Annual Review of the JLOS Sector for the financial year 2015/16.
This review focuses on the fourth year of implementation of the third JLOS Strategic Investment Plan (JLOS SIP III) which is also the 16th year of the JLOS Sector Wide Approach arrangement. The theme of this year’s annual review is “A pro people justice system: Building public trust”. This ties in well with the Sector undertaking under SIP III, to address the issue of vulnerability to enhance access to justice for the marginalized and eliminate all forms of bottlenecks in accessing JLOS services.
The JLOS Sector has grown over the years from nascent formation phases in 1999, harnessed synergies under the sector wide approach to now one of the most effective and integrated sector arrangements. As many of you may recall, we started with the SIP I phase from 2000 to 2004 with a focus on structural developments and formation, SIP II that covered 2005 to 2010 focused on consolidation of gains and achievements under SIP II. When we developed and commenced the SIP III, our strategic focus was to have a strategic policy shift to focus on deepening reforms and entrench pro poor people centered justice. To-date, the Sector-Wide Approach (SWAp) has grown to 18 institutions across civil and criminal justice spheres.
The JLOS Sector report will be presented at both the outcome and output levels in line with the JLOS SIP III indicators and performance bench marks. The report portrays the achievements of the Sector from implementation of programs and interventions by the 18 Justice institutions.
The Sector has registered improved coordination right from the District level where District Chain linked Committees are operational, enhanced the quality of justice services delivered to the public, and increased geographical coverage as a result of opening up of new service delivery points. You will for instance observe from the presentations that will be made today, that the sector’s coverage of districts increased by 7% from 75% in the previous year, to now 82%. In practical terms, the Police has expanded its presence to all sub-counties in the country, the High Court Circuit has been expanded to 19 circuits, and Chief Magisterial areas increased over two fold to 81.
I recognize and extend gratitude to the JLOS Development Partners that have stood by us and provided both technical and financial support towards the implementation of many of the Sector’s programs and interventions. In addition, I also recognize the crucial role played by various Non-Governmental Organizations such as the Legal Aid Service Providers’ Network, in complementing the Sector’s interventions. As partners in development, we believe that our success is a shared success and this underpins the purpose of our convergence today.
I take this opportunity to thank all JLOS institutions for the effort made over the past financial year. Special mention goes to the JLOS Secretariat and the Sector Policy Planning Units. Substantial achievements have been registered despite the number of challenges and limitations encountered.
I once again thank you for setting time off your busy schedules to be part of this year’s annual review. I look forward to a constructive dialogue with a view of achieving our common goal of ensuring justice for all.
I invite the Honourable Chief Justice to give his address.
Hon. Kahinda Otafiire
MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS
JINJA - The Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Bart Katurebe has urged institutions involved in the administration of justice and the rule of law to devise stronger partnerships as a way of ensuring effective and well-coordinated service delivery. The CJ made these remarks while addressing members of the Jinja District Chain-link committee (DCC) and other JLOS officials that converged at Bugungu prison, Jinja district on June 10, 2015. District chain-link committees comprise of JLOS institutions with a presence at district level established to oversee and coordinate JLOS programs and activities through coordination, communication and cooperation.
Hon. Bart Katurebe was on a one-day tour of Jinja districts organized by the Justice, Law and Order Sector – the first of its kind since his appointment as chief justice in March 2015. The Chief Justice was accompanied by the Hon. Kahinda Otafiire, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs; Hon. Alex Onzima, the minister of state for local government; Hon. Yorokamu Bamwiine, the Principal judge; members of the JLOS development partners group led by the Irish ambassador, H.E Donal Cronin; and other members of the JLOS leadership, steering and technical committee.
During the meeting with DCCs, reports from various JLOS institutions were presented on the current state of operations – from the Police, Prisons service, Uganda Law society, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, the Judiciary, Justice Centres Uganda, Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development (Juvenile Justice) and the Uganda Human Rights Commission. The Chief Justice appreciated the work each institution is doing in enhancing access to justice to the people of Jinja and commended their efforts even in the midst of challenges such as inadequate staffing, office accommodation and other infrastructure. The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Kahinda Otafiire said that the Justice, Law and Order Sector is in the final stages of designing a project that will ensure every district has a “justice centre” – a one stop facility housing front line JLOS institutions to solve office accommodation and space challenges.
The commissioner general of prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija in his remarks thanked the the JLOS leadership for to visiting Bugungu Prison facility. He specifically thanked the Chief Justice for choosing to visit a prison institution on his first JLOS field visit since his appointment earlier this year. Dr. Byabashaija requested that Uganda Prisons be included in the Justice Centres project because of the key role it plays in the overall criminal justice chain and in view of the accommodation challenges it faces due to large prisoner populations.
Earlier, the Chief Justice was taken on a guided tour of Bugungu group of prisons, accompanied by prison officials for an onsite assessment of prisoner living conditions.
By Edgar Kuhimbisa in Jinja / Published: June 13, 2015
JINJA – The Justice, Law and Order Sector continues to be dedicated to ensuring effective and efficient administration of justice and the rule of law. The Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Bart Katurebe made this declaration while addressing residents of Jinja during a visit to the district organized by the Justice, Law and Order Sector on June 10 2015. Justice Katurebe who is also the chairperson of the JLOS Leadership committee was publicly meeting Jinja residents gathered at Jinja High Court to assess the state of service delivery by JLOS institutions in the district. In what can be described as a baraza moderated by the Solicitor General - Mr. Francis Atoke, members of the public were allowed to ask questions and put forward their concerns, complaints and grievances with sector officials providing responses. Those who were not able to voice their concerns had their issues documented by JLOS officials for further action by the relevant institutions.
In his speech, the Chief Justice said that he and his team from the Judiciary and other JLOS institutions are set to making the sector open and accountable to the people. He said that his office had established toll free numbers the public could use to directly voice any complaints and report cases of abuse of office by Judicial officers. The office of the Chief Justice directly manages the toll free lines.
The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Kahinda Otafiire told the gathering that government is aware of the various challenges they face on a daily basis and continues to devise solutions based to the available resources. He said that given the long list of priorities and a limited resource envelope, some interventions may delay with the most pressing issues being addressed first such as security of people’s lives and property. He reiterated the Sector’s commitment to construction of more office facilities for JLOS institutions through the Justice Centres initiative.
H.E Donal Cronin, the Irish ambassador to Uganda and the current chair of the JLOS Development Partners Group (DPG) applauded the efforts of JLOS in bringing services closer to the people – especially the vulnerable and marginalized. He also congratulated the Justice Katurebe upon his recent appointment to the position of Chief Justice and said the development partners are looking forward to a more fruitful partnership with the sector. The Chief Justice on his part thanked the JLOS development partners for their continued support to the sector and for “sticking around even when the going got tough” – in reference to massive donor cuts to government last year in the wake of the passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
The Chief Registrar Mr. Paul Gadenya and officials from the JLOS Secretariat and Jinja High Court were later hosted on local radio talk show where they continued to engage the public on issues affecting the administration of justice and the rule of law in Jinja district.
By Edgar Kuhimbisa in Jinja / Published: June 12, 2015
The Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional and other state agencies in May and June 2015 successfully negotiated and facilitated the transfer of Ugandan prisoners serving sentences in the Republic of Mauritius. The prisoners were transferred to Uganda to serve the remaining part of their sentences in accordance with the bilateral agreement between GoU and the Mauritius government on transfer of convicted offenders.
According to Mr. Farouq Lubega, a Senior State Attorney in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs privy to this extradition process, the transfer of these prisoners was triggered by a petition from their relatives to Hon. Kahinda Otafiire, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. The prisoners in question are Miriam Mpopoya (sentenced to 25 years in 2008 on charges of importation of heroin and assault of a public functionary); Mr. Fred Asiimwe Kato (sentenced to penal servitude for life in 1998); Mr. James Mukasa Kanamwanje (sentenced to 25 years in 1998 for importation of heroin); Mr. Francis Igudo Tukei (sentenced for 19 years in 2008 for importation of heroin); and Ms. Ann Willus Kayiwa (sentenced for 25 years in 2008 for importation of heroin with averment of trafficking).
The Transfer of Convicted Offenders Act (2012) provided the legal basis for this transfer. This act assented to by the president on July 27 2012 makes provision for the mutual transfer of convicted offenders between Uganda and other Commonwealth countries for the purpose of serving their sentences of imprisonment. The act also provides for the conditions, treatment and other arrangements in respect of persons liable to be transferred.
A team of government of Uganda officials that included Mr. Farouq Lubega (Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affiars); Ms. Doreen Kazoora Asiimwe (Foreign Affairs); Mr. Edyadu Fauscents and Mr. Abio Rock Evans (Prisons Service) travelled to Mauritius in April 2015 to facilitate this transfer. The first group of transfered prisoners arrived in Uganda via Entebbe International Airport on May 2 2015 and was taken to Luzira Prison to serve the remaining part of their sentences. The second group of (two) prisoners is expected to be transferred by the end of June 2015.
By Edgar Kuhimbisa \ Published: June 9, 2015.
It was with great sadness that I learnt of the tragic death of Ms. Joan Kagezi on the evening of March 30th, 2015. Just like the rest of us here, it was absolutely shocking but also very painful news to receive - for me personally, but also for the entire Justice, Law and Order Sector family and the country.
In difficult times like these, words and speeches are often not enough to express our deepest and innermost feelings.
The immense grief that Joan’s untimely death has brought upon us is indescribable. May the good Lord give us strength and courage and may he grant Joan’s family, especially her beloved children here with us, perfect peace in the face of this tragedy.
Joan was a very smart lady, articulate and purpose-driven. She had the exceptional ability to analyze and understand the bigger picture. Perhaps, that explains her numerous court case engagements and successes, spanning various criminal cases, many of them rated high profile.
I should also add that Joan had a meek but strong personality, with a high level of self-determination to deliver results. Her achievements and milestones in her short time here on earth are testament to this.
I have followed this tragic event closely and you can all bear witness that the public outpouring of grief over the last three days is phenomenal and rather unprecedented in recent times. The Justice, Law and Order Sector has lost a dedicated and gifted civil servant. Uganda has lost a patriot, who sacrificed alot to serve this nation faithfully and diligently.
But most importantly, her family has lost a committed mother. To many of us, Joan was the uncompromising and no-nonsense prosecutor but to her family, she was a dedicated parent who upheld family above everything else. Her four beautiful children meant everything to her, but sadly they now have to live with the dark memory of their mother shot dead before their very own eyes.
The Justice, Law and Order Sector upholds the values of the rule of law, with justice for all as our cornerstone. I would therefore, like to assure Ugandans and the family of the deceased, that the Sector, through the Police, the Judiciary and other state institutions and structures, shall bring to justice the perpetrators of this criminal act, no matter where they are or how long it takes.
Philip, Carol, Pearl and Harvey, our hearts go out you. No amount of words in this trying moment can comfort you for sure, but we pledge to pray for you. We pray that God’s peace that transcends all human understanding will be with you. May the Lord hold your hand and safely lead you through this valley of the shadow of death. May he calm the storms and the raging seas of pain and grief that you feel entangled in. We pledge to support you in any way we possibly can – materially, spiritually and emotionally. Be rest assured, that in the Justice, Law and Order Sector, you will always find a place to call home and a shoulder to lean on.
Joan, today we celebrate your amazing legacy of a life well lived and a fight well fought. May the Lord grant you everlasting peace.
Thank you and God bless you.
KAMPALA -- In a cabinet reshuffle announced by President Yoweri Museveni this afternoon, Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi has been appointed the Attorney General replacing Hon. Peter Nyombi. Hon. Ruhindi previously served as the Deputy Attorney General and State Minister for Justice and Constitutional affairs. Hon. Mwesigwa Rukutana (formerly the Minister of State for Labor) replaces Hon. Ruhindi as the Deputy Attorney General. Hon. Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Kahinda Otafiire retained the position of Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
In other developments, Hon. Aronda Nyakairima was retained as the Minister of Internal Affairs while Hon. Evelyn Anite was appointed the State minister for Youth and Children Affairs replacing Hon. Ronald Kibuule who is now the Minister of State for Water. Hon. Mary Busingye Karooro Okurut was named the new Minister of Security. Hon. Karooro prior to the cabinet reshuffle was the Minister of Gender, Labor and Social Affairs. Hon. She has now been replaced by Hon. Muruli Mukasa.
Below is how the cabinet reshuffle announced today shapes up ministerial positions in the Justice, Law and Order Sector and the JLOS Leadership Committee:
Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs
Hon. Kahinda Otafiire – Minister
Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi – Attorney General
Hon. Mwesigwa Rukutana – Deputy Attorney General
Ministry of Internal Affairs
Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima – Minister
Hon. James Baba – State Minister
Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development
Hon. Isanga Lukia Nakadama – Minister of State (Gender and Culture)
Hon. Evelyn Anite – Minister of State (Youth and Children Affairs)
Hon. Kamanda Bataringaya – Minister of State (Employment and Industrial Relations)
Hon. Sulaiman Madada – Minister of State (Eldery and Disability)
Ministry of Local Government
Hon. Adolph Mwesige - Minister
Hon. Alex Aadroa Onzima - State Minister
By Edgar Kuhimbisa | Published: March 1 2015
KAMPALA - The Justice, Law and Order Sector on September 19, 2013 officially received the land title for the proposed JLOS House Complex from the Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura in a colorful ceremony held at the Uganda Police Headquarters in Naguru, Kampala. In attendance was the top leadership of the sector that included the Hon. Chief Justice (represented by Justice Yorokamu Bamwiine, the Principal Judge), Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Gen. Kahinda Otafiire, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, and the State Minister of State for Finance (Planning), Hon. Matia Kasaija. Also present were Justice Paul K Mugamba, the head of the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court, permanent secretaries of JLOS institutions and members of the JLOS Steering and Technical committees.
The JLOS House Complex is a multi-million dollar project whose purpose is to provide decent accommodation to all the JLOS institutions through one-stop center offices. This will enable government to provide public services in a cost effective and responsive manner. For example a person following up a criminal complaint should be able to interact with the Police, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Court within the same complex reducing the cost of access to justice and at the same time leveraging the benefits of technology and modern office concepts.
The complex when complete will provide accommodation to government ministries, institutions and specifically the Judiciary, to house the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Constitutional Court and the Criminal, Anti-Corruption and International Criminal Divisions of the High Court. Other JLOS institutions to be accommodated in the JLOS House are: Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Uganda Police, Uganda Prisons, Uganda Registration Services Bureau, Uganda Law Reform Commission, Centre for Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Judicial Service Commission and the Tax Appeals Tribunal. On completion the entire JLOS House project will provide 80,000 square meters of office space and save Government five million dollars which it spends annually on renting office premises for JLOS institutions. JLOS' goal is to reduce the cost of accessing public services through cutting public costs of accessing our services. The sector would like to see Government services being provided as service for the people by the people.
Related and interconnected services of the 17 JLOS institutions will be provided in one central location thus reducing on the time, cost, stress and inconvenience of accessing public services. Services such as registration of companies, court services, law enforcement and payment of fees will be provided at the convenience of the public rather than Government.
Gen. Kayihura, the IGP in his remarks said that the handover function was a big statement that the Government of the Republic of Uganda was committed to solving the long-standing challenge of office accommodation for ministries, agencies and departments. He noted that the sector wide approach brings a lot of synergy and energy to the police force and appreciated JLOS for supporting police training programs, CID capacity building and the highly effective canine unit in Naggalama.
Hon. Matia Kasaija said that the Government through the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development was working hard to get a financier for the JLOS House Project though the build, own, operate and transfer modality. He also expressed optimism that the project would be completed on schedule to achieve its set goals. Hon. Kasaija also pledged to provide resources to fund JLOS programmes to improve the conditions of police officers and facilitate justice reforms across the country.
The Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima thanked the JLOS leadership for conceiving the idea of the JLOS House which he said would save the tax payer billions of shillings that would in return be invested in capacity building and information and communications technology (ICT). Gen. Nyakairima promised the JLOS Construction Committee, chaired by the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Mr. Amos Ngolobe that the Ministry of Internal Affairs would play its part in making the construction of the JLOS House possible.
The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Gen. Kahinda Otafiire in his remarks said that the JLOS house was dear to him because he believes it is one of the cornerstones of a well-functioning government premised on the rule of law and desire to serve the public better. He also added that the sector in the 2012-13 financial year allocated five billion shillings towards this project appropriated for preparing detailed technical designs and supervision of contractors for the entire JLOS house complex.
Justice S Kavuma , the acting Chief Justice in a speech delivered for him by the Principal Judge, Justice Yorokamu Bamwiine, said that the handing over of the JLOS land by the Inspector General of Police marked yet another milestone in the life of the Justice Law and Order Sector. Quoting a Chinese proverb, the Justice Kavuma said that the handover of the site was the first step in a journey of a thousand miles that would ultimately transform the way JLOS institutions operate and transform Naguru into a modern suburb of Kampala. He thanked the Uganda Police for giving land to the sector for the JLOS House project. He pledged JLOS support to the Police to build decent accommodation and office space to boost the productivity of its staff.
JLOS HOUSE QUICK FACTS
- To be constructed at Naguru, Kampala on Plot 1
- JLOS House to accommodate the following institutions: Judiciary, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Uganda Police, Uganda Prisons, Uganda Registration Services Bureau, Uganda Law Reform Commission, Centre for Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Judicial Service Commission and the Tax Appeals Tribunal
- On completion the entire JLOS House project will provide 80,000 square meters of office space
- Project when complete to save Government $5m which it spends annually on renting office premises for JLOS institutions.
- JLOS House to be built with cutting edge green and intelligent building technology
- Project to cost approximately 79 million dollars (approx. 208 Billion Shillings)
- JLOS to allocate 21 billion shillings over a period of three years towards the budget of the JLOS House. Rest of the funding to be provided by GoU through Public-private partnerships, contractor-sourced funding
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WESTERN UGANDA -- Uganda’s Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) key mandate is delivering services closer to the people by improving physical infrastructure, reform of laws, reform of laws and simplification of procedures. The Sector which has been in operation for 13 years is focused on increasing public confidence and trust in the justice system as well as user satisfaction in the services. The goal is to enhance people’s access to JLOS services and drive the country towards deeper observance of human rights while promoting institutional and individual accountability.
The JLOS leadership on 4th - 6th of March, 2013, conducted a monitoring and evaluation exercise in western Uganda for its institutions to assess the conditions under which institutions operate and assess the success and challenges of building an effective justice system in Uganda. These are some of the highlights of that exercise.
BUNDIBUGYO - The Community Justice Centre in Bundibugyo was on March 5 2013 officially opened by the Honorable the Chief Justice of the Republic of Uganda in the company of members of the JLOS Leadership and Steering Committee and Development partners.The Community justice centre which will house the Uganda Police, Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions and the Chief Magistrates Court is part of the sector initiatives to enhance access to Justice for all – especially the poor and marginalized. The Justice centre will also greatly reduce the need for renting buildings and reduced transportation costs since its is strategically located in the centre of town.
District leaders and Judicial officers who included the Resident District Commisioner, area member of parliament (women) and the resident Judge, Justice Mike Chibita appreciated JLOS for the Justice centres and affirmed that justice would now be dispensed in a civil environment. They praised the development partners and the contractor Hotel Zawadi who finished the construction in record time. Hon. Kahinda Otafiire, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs applauded the people of Bundibugyo for the warm welcome and urged them to make good use of the facility as a driver for development in the area. He also thanked the development partners for their generosity in funding the construction project.
The Chief Justice said that the presence of the JLOS team in Bundibugyo was testament of a deeper and shared vision to serve all the people of Uganda without discrimination. He also thanked the Development Partners Group in general, chaired by Denmark, for supporting the Sector and the Netherlands Government in particular who provided the bulk of the funding for the construction of the community justice centre in Bundibugyo.
The commissioning of the justice centre is part of the ongoing monitoring and evaluation visit to western Uganda by the political leadership of JLOS – the first of its kind in the sector’s 13 year history.
The Monitoring and evaluation team later in the afternoon visited the Fort Portal Children’s Remand home where a guided tour around the facility was done led by the State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Hon. Ronald Kibuule.