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The Ag. Director of Public Prosecutions Mr. Alfred Elem-Ogwal has today issued a circular to all ODPP staff, JLOS institutions, the general public  and other stakeholders detailing operating procedures for the ODPP following the Presidential directives extending the COVID-19 lockdown for 21 days to 5th May 2020.





This circular follows the administrative guidelines issued on 20th March 2020 by Mr. Ogwal to all ODPP staff in the country. 





For any inquiries, the ODPP has provided the following contact information:


Mr. Vincent Wagona

Deputy DPP/Management and Support Services

Tel. 0794-332085


Ms. Jacquelyn Okui

Public Relations Officer

Tel. 0794-332233


Ms. Barbara Masinde

PA to the Ag. DPP

Tel. 0794-332472




Published: April 17, 2020 (17.48 EAT)



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In reference to the Presidential directives on the prevention and management of COVID-19, the ODPP has today issued the following administrative measures to all staff in departments, divisions and all regional offices:


1) Serious cases and those that pose a threat to public order and harmony to be registered in court for plea taking


2) Bail applications to be handled whenever the courts are sitting


3) Staff at the courts with video link to continue to operate of court decides to proceed


4) Regional ODPP officers to review committed files and prepare committal papers


5) Complainants allowed to only file written complaints at the registries and will follow up either on phone or after a period of 32 days


6) Registry staff to display phone numbers of the complaint desk officers as well as heads of stations


7) Scheduled national and international conferences and workshops postponed until further notice


8) No approval of foreign travels and those already approved rescinded until further notice


9) Sanitizers and other preventive measures put in place at ODPP service points in accordance to MOH COVID-19 protocols and guidelines



Prosecutors directed to advise Police as follows:


1) Process suspects for court in capital cases, serious or other offenses that are likely to disrupt social harmony and public order


2) Immediately produce suspects in court for plea and in any case not later than 48 hours


3) Process suspects in minor cases within 48 hours







Published: March 20, 2020

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In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has come up with several interventions related to the observance of human rights.


These interventions include the following:



UHRC Central Regional Office is airing spot messages as a campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic with a human rights perspective .The messages are running on Capital FM, CBS(Kampala) ; Sun FM ( Mityana); Buwama FM (Moigi) and Tropical FM ( Mubende).


UHRC Commissioner Mr. Meddie Mulumba has been interviewed by NTV where he gave a comprehensive insight into the human rights perspective of the pandemic. WATCH VIDEO HERE


UHRC has also issued COVID-19 guidelines to its staff across all its central and regional offices during the lockdown


UHRC further issued a press statement on 25th March 2020 on human rights concerns in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. READ STATEMENT HERE


Radio talk shows on the COVID 19 and the human rights perspective have been held and others are still lined up on the following stations: Radio One, Dembe FM, Bukedde FM, Namirembe FM and Sun FM (Mityana)


UHRC on Tuesday, 14 April 2020 participated in a Webinar titled: "Should Uganda declare a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19?". The webinar was hosted by Bernard Oundo with the following panelists: Prof. Fredrick E. Ssempebwa, Founding and Senior Partner, Katende, Ssempebwa Advocates; Dr. Patricia Achan-Okiria, Commissioner Uganda Human Rights Commission; and Mr. Godber Tumushabe, Associate Director, Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies.


UHRC authored an OPED in New Vision Newspaper by Commissioner Patricia Okiria titled: "Human rights-based effective response to COVID-19 in Uganda" published on 8th April 2020. READ Op-Ed HERE


UHRC Fort Portal regional office has developed a COVID-19 message/ poster and shared it on whatsapp groups, radios and on the UHRC online platforms


There are currently radio spot messages on Elgon radio in Kapchorwa that are being translated into kupsabiny by the Soroti regional office. The spot messages are in respect of limitations in enjoyment of human rights in respect of public interest with specific reference to public health and in particular COVID-19. The notices call upon the public to carry out their responsibilities by abiding by the Government directives in restrictions and other procedures. Urge them to respect rights of people suspected to be infected with COVID-19 and not to discriminate against them or subject them to mob action.  The messages further call upon the law enforcement officers to respect human rights in performance of their duties.


Discussions have been held with Etop Radio to conduct an on line radio talk show in respect of limitation of rights and responsibilities of citizen in respect of COVID-19 pandemic.


Complaints Management

The Commission received complaints during the lock down period through its toll free lines, social media platforms and emails. The complaints so far received relate to the following issues:


1. Complaints against the extension of the quarantine period for those who had been under institutional quarantine by Government

2. Complaints of alleged brutality by law enforcement and security officials whilst enforcing the Presidential directives of lock down and curfew

3. Complaints of alleged lack of access to food during the lock down period

4. Complaints of alleged lack of access to medical care during the lock down period

5. Complaints of violence in homes and heightened family wrangles during the lock down period.

6. Complaints of employees who were stuck at their work places in remote areas as a result of the Presidential directives and could not go back to their homes.

Some of the complaints were referred to the National Task Force on COVID-19 for appropriate management

In addition, the Commission has been making interventions with regard to arrests and detentions around the country, and has on various cases intervened to ensure that suspects on petty offenses are released on police bond in a timely manner, to avoid over crowding in cells.


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Published: April 16, 2020


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By Dr Donald Rukare


The world is currently gripped in the throes of the gruesome coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Globally, as of April 6, 2020, John Hopkins University reported that we had a total of 1,292,564 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 70,798 deaths and quickly climbing.


The COVID-19 said to have emanated from Wuhan in China and is rapidly traversing the world with thousands of cases and deaths seen in Italy, Spain, and the United States. It is believed a surge of cases will be experienced in Africa as well. Uganda according to the Ministry of Health, had confirmed 52 cases without any fatalities as of April 6, 2020. The government has announced and put in several mitigation measures to stop the spread of the invisible deadly enemy COVID-19. These include inter alia stay at home orders, avoidance of large gathering, social distancing, regular washing of hands and a 7 pm to 6 am curfew.


The swift actions taken by President Museveni and the Ministry of Health are commendable. However, there are critical human rights issues that should be borne in mind during this emergency period.






Published: April 9, 2020


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By Dr. Patricia Achan Okiria


The Government of Uganda announced a 14- day lockdown of the country as part of the measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the national directive, as citizens continue to follow, with increasing apprehension, the spread of the COVID-19 in Uganda and the response of the State to the pandemic.


The COVID-19 and the resulting restrictions on movement has generated considerable anxiety and uncertainty for many Ugandans. The UHRC supports and embraces the measures and have made efforts to ensure continuity as far as possible. Our commitment is driven by the long term goal of ensuring the advancement of the protection of human rights through complaints handling, awareness creation, education and research on human rights issues in the Country.


According to the 1995 Constitution particularly Article 22 on the protection of the right to life in light of the danger that the spread of coronavirus poses to the health, safety and lives of the people of Uganda and thereby threatening the rights to life, health and safety. The transmission of COVID-19 therefore has graver risk to the health and life of vulnerable sections of society including, among others, old people, persons with disabilities, and people with weak immunity due to underlying health conditions.





Published: April 8, 2020


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To ensure business continuity during this COVID-19 lockdown, the Uganda Law Society has partnered with the Judiciary to use Zoom Video Conferencing in adjudication of matters.


This will be done in line with the Judicature (Visual -Audio Link) Rules, 2016 (SI 26 of 2016) and the Constitution (Integration of ICT into the Adjudication Processes For Courts of Judicature) (Practice) Directions, 2019.

To make this process work, all practicing advocates in Uganda are required to send their contact details to the Judiciary ICT department to enable direct invitation of advocates and their clients to hearing activities like: Rendering of judgments and urgent hearings. 


CONTACT (ULS Head Office):


Plot 610, Buye, Ntinda along Wamala Road off Ntinda-Kisaasi road

P.O. Box 426 Kampala


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Published: April 16, 2020

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The Department of Community Policing headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Anatoli Muleterwa is continuing its efforts to sensitive police officers and members of the public against the Covid-19 pandemic.


Today, the team met the personnel from Fire Prevention and Rescue Services and their spouses.


The officers and their spouses were offered key prevention tools against the pandemic.


The team also met with the business community of Nakasero Market.






Published: March 30, 2020

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This is a petition by the Uganda Women Lawyers Association (FIDA-U) calling upon the Uganda Government to integrate measures to address Violence against Women and Children into their response to COVID-19.


On 22nd March, Uganda registered her first case of COVID-19 and the President has since then issued several directives aimed at curbing the spread of the disease some of which included the ban on the use of public and private means of transport, and requiring permission for essential and emergency movements to be sought from the Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) during the period of the ongoing 14-day total lock-down which began on 1st April 202





Published: April 9. 2020

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#Press Statement

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) is deeply concerned about the effect of COVID-19 on the enjoyment of all fundamental human rights and freedoms including civil, political, economic, social, cultural and solidarity rights. Just as human rights are universal, COVID-19 is now a universal health challenge spread in over 196 countries with devastating consequences on the enjoyment of a wide spectrum of human rights including but not limited to the rights to health, life, work, personal liberty, education as well as the right to freedom of assembly, association, worship and movement.




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Published: March 25, 2020


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#Public Notice 

In compliance with the directives issued by His Excellency the President in his address to the nation on Wednesday 18th March 2020 to protect and safeguard the against the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic, the Management Committee of LDC directs as follows:





Published: March 18, 2020


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