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The Honorable The Chief Justice,
The Honorable The Deputy Chief Justice,
The Honorable Attorney General of Uganda
The Deputy Attorney General of Uganda and Minister of State for Justice and Constitutional Affairs,
Minster of State for Internal Affairs
Justices of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal
The Honorable The Principal Judge
My Lords, the Judges of the High Court
Honorable Members of Parliament,
All Heads of all Government Institutions
All Heads of JLOS institutions,
All Registrars and Magistrates here present
Representatives from civil society and the private sector,
Representatives from the media,
Fellow development partners,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,


It is a great pleasure and honor for me to participate in this 20th Annual Review of the Justice Law and Order Sector and to deliver this statement on behalf of the development partners engaged in the sector.
I would like to start by congratulating the sector on the appointment of the new Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice ending a two-year vacuum at the helm of the Judiciary.
Congratulations Hon. Chief Justice Bart Katureebe and Hon. Justice Steven Kavuma on your appointment. Please be confident that you can count on our continuous support under your leadership.
I would also like to take this opportunity to pass on our condolences to the sector on the untimely death of General Aronda Nyakairima, the former Minister of Internal Affairs. We fondly remember General Aronda for his amiable character and willingness to always engage but above all for the wonderful work he did in getting the national identity card project off the ground.
He was the kind of person who embodied the meaning of the famous words of the late South African President Nelson Mandela: “Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, and vision with action can change the world.”

General Aronda understood the importance of not just imagining a better world, but achieving it through deliberate action. May his Soul rest in peace.

In the same vein, allow me to once again pass on our condolences to you on the loss of Joan Kagezi. We condemn the gruesome manner in which she was killed and hope that the perpetrators of this hideous crime are brought to justice and held to account. May her soul rest in eternal peace.


Honorable Chief Justice, your voice has been heard already not only here in Kampala, but throughout the country and the world.
Your messages are loud and clear:No to interference in the judiciary by the executive and No to corruption within the institutions of the Justice, Law and Order Sector.  They resonate to all the corners of this beautiful land. We, the development partners, have heard your strong messages too and are fully supportive of this. You will all probably agree with me that it has been a very special year and the Annual Report documents that progress has indeed been made and confirms the various challenges that the sector had to deal with. 

So, let me first and foremost congratulate the sector for the results achieved during the year under review, and for the continued good working relationships with us at the different levels.

The free, constructive and critical exchange of ideas between the JLOS Leadership and its development partners has proven valuable to strengthen our partnership.

I would like to express our hope that we can continue this constructive and critical dialogue even though the financial contribution from some development partners decreased significantly over the past year.

As my Swedish colleague pointed out last year in his speech during the 19th Annual Review, the functionality of the sector is of utmost importance to the delivery of justice for the population.

The sector is critical for strengthening the social contract between the State and its citizens. It is also the instrument for effectively addressing corruption and for enhancing transparency and accountability of the State.

As clearly described in the NDP, the sector is an instrument for realizing economic growth and social development.
The sector is crucial for safety and security for all citizens, for creating a favorable climate for domestic and foreign investments and trade, for inclusive and green economic growth, in short, for achieving the objectives of Vision 2040. In this regard, I would like to assure you of a stronger engagement by the development partners with the sector.
As some of you might know, I was working in Uganda when the JLOS arrangement was developed. I was around soon after JLOS was born, so to speak.


When I look back at JLOS 10 years ago and where JLOS is at this point of time, I think it is fair to say that JLOS has travelled a long and sometimes rocky road, but is still moving in the right direction.  I had a chance to look at the annual report and I’m very pleased to confirm that the overall performance of the sector has again slightly improved as compared to last year.

On behalf of all development partners let me commend the JLOS Leadership, the JLOS Institutions and the JLOS Secretariat for all their hard work, their efforts and engagement that have made this difference possible.


Examples of improved performance include the new initiatives geared towards increasing access to justice to the poor like the scaling up of the small claims procedure to an extra 16 Courts, development of a suspects’ profiling information management system by the Uganda Police Force, introduction of plea bargaining and rolling out of Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms.


Making a difference takes time, confidence, political will, strong leadership and personal commitment. The sector needs to intensify its search to find additional alternative means to address some of the bottlenecks that hinder access to justice for the poor and vulnerable groups. That is why for us the theme of this Review ‘A Pro-people Justice System- profiling Vulnerability” is very timely, appropriate and critical and we urge that it is mainstreamed across all the Sector activities.

The most vulnerable sections of the population continue to face the greatest obstacles when attempting to uphold and enforce their rights through justice mechanisms.  It is therefore important to identify and address the precise barriers that impede fair and equitable access to justice to the poor especially women and children.  Collective undertakings by all JLOS stakeholders should ensure accountability and protection of children and juveniles as well protection of poor women and men against Gender Based Violence.
Ultimately, access to justice can only be achieved when the most vulnerable groups of society are effectively protected and are able to easily seek redress from the institutions in the sector. As the annual report clearly shows, many deliberate and often successful actions were already undertaken last year by all of you.

However, I hope that you’ll agree with me that a lot more still needs to be done if the sector is to meet the fast growing demand for justice, law and order, security and safety.

This growing demand is not just the result of increased awareness of Ugandans about their civic and human rights.

The demand is also increasing simply because of rapid population growth: more people means that the sector needs to expand its capacity to deliver more and more services and – at the same time - invest to improve the quality of its services.

The next Sector Investment Plan will have to factor in the various demographic scenarios for the medium and long term planning for the further expansion and financing of the sector.

As for the short term, I would like to share with you some of our key concerns. We have only two years left before the Third Sector Investment Plan comes to an end.

So, this is a suitable time to review what the sector has achieved and more critically look at how the sector plans to deal with the outstanding challenges that have continued to hold back the sector’s performance.

In this regard, there are a few issues that we like the sector to address:

First, we are increasingly concerned that there is still lack of progress on some of the policies and proposed legislations for example the Judiciary Administration Bill, the Legal Aid Policy, the Transitional Justice Policy, the Witness Protection Amendment Bill and the Children’s Act Amendment, to mention but a few.  We expressed the same concerns last year. Therefore, we urge you again to expedite the process of ensuring that these are enacted and operationalized.


Secondly, we know that internal and external accountability of the sector is critical in ensuring rule of law and respect for human rights, more so in light of the upcoming elections. However, we note that some of the institutions within the sector continue to rank as the most corrupt institutions in the public sector as well as leading in human rights violations. It is against this background that we urge the sector to scale up corrective sanctions and ensure that there is strong public confidence in the sector.

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Wednesday, 08 July 2015 18:48

Austria commits 4m euros in support to JLOS

 

KAMPALA - The Austrian government through the Austria Development Agency (ADA) has agreed to support the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) for the next 2 financial years – 2015/16 and 2016/17 to a tune of four (4) million euros. The budget support fund – worth about Ushs 15.5 billion is contained in agreement signed on July 3 2015 between ADA (representing the Austrian Government) and the Government of the Republic of Uganda (represented by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development).

The funds are oriented toward support to the implementation of the JLOS Third Strategic Investment Plan (SIP III) launched in 2012 spanning five (5) financial years. The support received from Austria shall go toward implementation of SIP III priority areas of strengthening the legal and policy environment; enhancing access to services provided by institutions involved in the administration of justice and maintenance of law and order (investigation, prosecution, adjudication, correctional and general dispute resolution et cetera); the promotion of human rights observance; and support to JLOS institutions involved in the fight against corruption.

According to the agreement that was signed by Hon. Matia Kasaija, the minister of finance, planning and economic development on behalf of GoU while Mr. Martin Ledolter on behalf of ADA, 2m euros (about 7.7 bn) shall be disbursed in the current financial year (2015/16) and the remaining balance released in the FY 2016/17 upon satisfactory progress in meeting the agreed performance indicators.

Austria, a member of the JLOS Development Partners Group has been at the forefront of support to the Justice, Law and Order Sector for more than a decade through funding to various initiatives that have positively transformed the administration of justice and the rule of law in Uganda.  Currently, Austria through ADA is supporting the implementation of the Alternative Disputes Resolution Project  (ADR) in a grant worth 342,436 euros (about Shs 1.4 bn). Other specific initiatives in JLOS supported by Austria include the Management for Development Results (MfDR) – a capacity building project whose objective is to empower sector staff with management and service delivery skills.

 

 

By Edgar Kuhimbisa/ Published: July 8, 2015

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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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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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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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