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Monday, 14 October 2013 07:26

JLOS Holds 18th Annual Sector Review

 

KAMPALA - The Justice, Law and Order Sector on October 8, 2013 held the 18th annual joint Government of Uganda and Development Partners Review that underscored the important role played by functional infrastructure in enhancing service delivery across the chain of justice. The one day conference held under the theme “JLOS infrastructure for improved service delivery” is the first review conference under the JLOS Third Strategic Investment Plan (SIP III) that was launched in March 2012.

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima who chaired the opening session in his remarks appreciated the development partners for supplementing government efforts in strengthening institutions charged with the administration of justice. He acknowledged the infrastructural challenges faced by the sector citing accommodation in the police and prisons as well as the reality of costly office space for most JLOS institutions. He expressed optimism that the JLOS House project and continued sector support to decongest detention centers would go a long way in solving some of these bottlenecks. Gen. Nyakairima also underlined the sector’s commitment toward ensuring the security of persons and property especially in the wake of increasing terrorism threats and actions.

In his welcome remarks, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Gen. Kahinda Otafiire thanked the JLOS development partners and stakeholders for their continued support and commitment to the Sector and the promotion of a strong justice system in Uganda. He added that even though the first implementation year of SIP III was characterized by lots of challenges, the sector had devised dynamic strategies to address these obstacles and strive toward the goal of promoting the rule of law. Gen. Otafiire said that “brick and mortar” investments (referring to infrastructure) remained a critical component of the sector reform programme, increasing communities’ physical access to JLOS services especially in areas that have previously been marginalized.

 

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The Chair of the JLOS Development Partners Group who is also the Danish ambassador to Uganda, H.E Dan Frederiksen commended the sector for strong commitment toward the observance and promotion of human rights but also expressed concern about some human rights violations in places of detention. H.E Frederiksen also said that the appointment of an unprecedented number of judges in the last financial year was well received by the development partners. Noting that many of those appointed to the bench had served as court registrars, he called upon the Judicial Service Commission to expedite the recruitment of more registrars to fill this gap. The Development partners also commended JLOS for steps toward combating the vice of corruption evidenced through the development of the JLOS anti-corruption strategy and recent launch of the Judiciary Anti-Corruption Strategy.

The Ag. Chief Justice, Justice Stephen B.K Kavuma in his keynote address to participants said that the sector is not only committed to setting up buildings but infrastructure that enhances service delivery and adds value to the lives of the public. He said that sector infrastructure will be designed to provide quality services and support the wider people centered reforms ongoing in the public service. He thanked the development partners especially the Kingdom of the Netherlands ,Denmark, Norway, Austria, the United States of America and the European Union for the enormous support they have given Uganda to build JLOS infrastructure across the country especially in the hard to reach areas. Justice Kavuma also appealed to the Government to support the Shs. 200bn JLOS House Project and shs.150bn required to build a complete chain of justice centers throughout the country within the next five (5) years.

Sector Performance FY 2012 - 2013

In the year 2012-2013, the sector registered a big number of successes even against a backdrop of funding shortfalls from the Government in the last quarter.

For the first time, the President appointed 29 judges at ago. Judges also received some enhancement in their pay. The Uganda Police Force through a multi-pronged approach supported by community policing managed to keep the crime rate at 305 for every 100,000 – making Uganda one of the safest countries to live in.

The Uganda Prisons Service through its rehabilitation and reintegration programmes managed to keep rates of recidivism at less than 3 persons for every 10 convicts. The Directorate of Public Prosecution registered more convictions than acquittals through its quality assurance programmes. The Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control opened new centres for issuance of passports say in Mbarara and soon others are to be opened in Mbale.

The Law Development Centre and Uganda Registration Service Bureau opened new service points to serve the public better. Human rights violations against JLOS institutions reduced tremendously in the reporting year following the establishment of Human Right Committees in the Police and Prison Forces and through principled dialogues between the Uganda Human Rights Commission.

Anti-Corruption

In his closing remarks, the Chief Justice strongly reassured the country of the sector’s firm commitment to fight corruption. He said the JLOS Anti-Corruption strategy would be operationalized to fight corruption though strategic pillars of prevention, detection and punishment of the corrupt. The pursuit of these, he said, would go a long way in promoting integrity in the sector and society. The Chief justice also said that JLOS is committed to ensuring quality service standards are established and operationalized such as the introduction of performance management systems in JLOS institutions.

 

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By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">Edgar Kuhimbisa | Published: October 9, 2013

 

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Sunday, 18 August 2013 14:23

JLOS Bids Farewell to Ms Judith Maas

 

KAMPALA - - The Sector on August 14 2013 hosted a cocktail party at Kabira Country Club to bid farewell to Ms.Judith Maas who is the outgoing First Secretary (Security and Rule of Law) at the Netherlands Embassy and Co-Chair of the JLOS Development Partners Group (at technical level). Ms.Maas is leaving the sector to return to her home country, Netherlands where she has been assigned other duties.

The guests present included the Ambassador of Netherlands to Uganda, H.E Alphons Hennekens, Justice Richard Buteera (court of appeal), Ms Josephine Wasike Onya (Chair of the JLOS Technical Committee), Mr. Albert Birnbaum (Chair of the JLOS Development Partners Group at technical level), the Solicitor General (represented by Mr. Christopher Gashirabake, the Director of Legal Advisory Services Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs), JLOS Secretariat Staff, representatives from the JLOS Development Partners Group and JLOS Institutions.

The Chair of the Technical committee Ms.Josephine Onya , on behalf of the JLOS Institutions presented a gift to Ms.Judith Maas in appreciation of her long service and devotion to the Sector. Ms.Maas who graciously accepted the gift together with her husband said she was humbled by the friendships and professional interactions she made during her time of service in the sector. She thanked the former Director of Public Prosecutions (now Justice of the Court of Appeal), His Lordship Justice Richard Buteera for being present and for all his enormous contributions to JLOS. She also thanked the JLOS Secretariat staff for being innovative and key drivers of the sector “3Cs” of communication, cooperation and coordination.

Ms.Maas expressed her endearment towards Uganda saying that the people were friendly and welcoming. She concluded by thanking everyone for attending and said that although she was going back to Netherlands she would come back to visit Uganda a place that has been a home to her for several years.

The JLOS Senior Technical Advisor Mr. Paul Gadenya and Mr. Christopher Gashirabake (on behalf of the Solicitor General) all thanked Ms.Maas for her resourcefulness and described her as a perfectionist who required the best results at all times.

The Justice, Law and Order Sector wishes Ms. Judith Maas the very best as she takes up new assignments.

 

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Friday, 26 July 2013 11:56

JLOS Work Plan FY 2013 - 2014

 

The Justice, Law and Order Sector over the past decade implemented the first and second investment plans and is proud to note that there is now a more developed system approach to evidence based budgeting with increased coordination, communication and cooperation in public service delivery and development assistance in the sector.

Building on the above successes, JLOS is now implementing the Third Sector Strategic Investment Plan (SIPIII). SIP III is based more on the need to achieve clear results and impact aimed at the promotion of the rule of law with a focus on increasing public confidence and trust in the justice system as well as user satisfaction in the services offered by the sector.

The JLOS Work Plan for the FY 2013 - 2014 will cost 57.021 billion shillings and will be supported by the Government of Uganda, the Kingdom of Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, United Nations agencies and other Development Partners.The Work plan is an integral part of the national budget and majorly takes care of the development and reform needs of JLOS institutions and the depth of its success relies strongly on the performance of the National Budget.

To achieve the expected impact, JLOS is now strengthening policy and legal frameworks for effectiveness and efficiency; enhancing public access to JLOS services and driving the country towards deeper observance of human rights while promoting institutional and individual accountability. In this financial years’ work plan the following were prioritized: Policy, Legislative and Regulatory Framework Strengthened; Public access to JLOS services particularly for vulnerable persons enhanced; Observance of Human Rights and Accountability promoted.

 

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By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Published: July 26 2013

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KAMPALA -- On April 9, 2013, the Justice Law and Order Sector was privileged to host Mr. Christiaan Rebergen the Deputy Director General , International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, Netherlands and Mr. Martin Koper, the Director Africa Region. The visitors were accompanied by Alphon Hennekens the Netherlands Ambassador to Uganda, Ms. Marielle Geraedts, the Deputy Head of Mission at the Netherlands Embassy in Uganda and Ms. Judith Maas the Co-Chair of the JLOS Development Partners Group. Mr. Rebergen, was in the country to familiarize himself with the operations of the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) and explore means of promoting relations and trade between Uganda and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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KAMPALA -- On April 10th 2013 the Justice Law and Order Sector hosted a team from Sweden who were part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Peer Review Mission to assess how the policies of Sweden were impacting on Uganda. The Swedish team was received by Mr. Francis Atoke, the Solicitor General and Chair of the JLOS Steering Committee, who thanked Sweden for supporting JLOS in revamping the Prison’s system especially the women prison’s in Uganda and for funding various activities in the sector.

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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.

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Justice reforms are complex yet critical. The establishment of rule of law in the Eastern African Region remains critical to the development of newly established states (Southern Sudan); those emerging from conflict (Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda) as well as for relatively stable countries (Kenya and Tanzania).

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KAMPALA - The Netherlands Embassy has disbursed the first instalment of its support to the Justice Law and Order Sector reform programme. This follows the signing of an arrangement between the Government of Uganda and the Netherlands Embassy in Kampala, by which the Netherlands will fund 42% of the activities and investments of the said reform programme for the financial year 2011-2012, to a maximum of UGX 20 bln.

The programme focuses on improving access to justice for all and enhancing respect for human rights across JLOS institutions.

Ambassador Jeroen Verheul welcomed the progress made in the Justice Law and Order Sector in the last year and indicated that this progress justifies continued support by the Netherlands to the sector. Physical access to justice has greatly improved, and the average time prisoners spend on remand has been reduced significantly. He noted, however, that concerns remain over accountability and limited progress in tackling corruption.

“That is why the current work plan is focusing on strengthening disciplinary and inspection commissions in institutions”, Mr Verheul said.

Whereas in previous years, the Netherlands provided sector budget support, Uganda no longer qualifies for this modality. “On top of governance concerns that have to do with a lack of accountability, we have seen a significantly weaker performance in the areas of macroeconomic and budget management in the last fiscal year”, adds Mr Verheul.

“The government and parliament in the Netherlands are assessing countries that receive budget support more critically on issues of political and financial governance and want to be assured that Dutch tax payers’ money is spent impeccably. This is why the Netherlands has decided to move away from the sector budget support modality for Uganda, as basic conditions for that type of support are not here anymore”, he explains.

Under the new agreement, the Dutch funds can only be used for the JLOS reorm programme, and not for the general JLOS budget that covers wages and other recurrent costs. This will enable the Dutch Embassy to monitor the spending more closely.

The Netherlands is a long standing partner of the JLOS, and is currently chairing the JLOS Donor Partners Group which regularly meets to coordinate support and to discuss progress in the sector.

 

Published: October 9, 2011

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The Justice, Law and Order Sector is on course to achieve 82% of its targets in this current year. This was revealed during the JLOS Semi Annual Review held on April 19 2011 at Protea Hotel in Kampala. His Worship Henry Adonyo, the Chairperson of the JLOS Technical Committee in his speech highlighted a number of milestones registered during the year under review.

These include a reduction in the average length of stay on remand for capital offenders from 27.1 months to 15 months; increase in holding capacity of Uganda Prisons Services from 13,670 to 14,334 places; an increase in the disposal rate of cases in the Judiciary that now stands at 90.1 percent of all registered cases and an increase in CID strength at a ratio of 1 CID officer to 18 cases (down from 1:23). JLOS also collected 32 billion shillings in Non Tax Revenue – Seven (7) billion shillings more than the entire SWAp budget. In addition, four (4) Community Justice Centers were constructed and inaugurated at Pader, Patongo, Otuke and Kiryadongo and a High Court.

Despite the achievements registered, JLOS still faces mounting case backlog of land cases, poor investigation of cases, prison congestion, real and perceived corruption at various JLOS points, limited training for 80% of JLOS staff, limited physical presence of JLOS institutions in the newly created districts, an inadequate juvenile justice system and inappropriate handling of public order situations.

 

By Edgar Kuhimbisa | Published: April 21, 2011

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KAMPALA – The Justice, Law and Order Sector will over the next year focus on strengthening performance and service delivery not only in terms of physical access but also in quality and effectiveness by ensuring that all institutions are fully empowered and able to execute their mandates.

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