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PRESS RELEASE

29 November 2019

 

KAMPALA - The Judiciary today held a historic ground-breaking ceremony for the long-awaited construction of the Supreme Court and Court of the Appeal buildings.

Construction of the seven-storey twin appellate courts buildings with two basement floor parking for 226 vehicles, will be executed by Seyani Brothers within 24 months at a cost of 63.9 billion to be paid for by the Government of Uganda. They will be customized courthouses with modern courtrooms, chambers for the justices, a gym and restaurant, among other amenities.

While presiding over the ground-breaking ceremony at the Judiciary headquarters in Kampala, the Chief Justice, Bart M. Katureebe, described the occasion as memorable. He said the project was part of a larger project which aims at ensuring that the Judiciary is transformed.

“The project of building the Appellate courts started in 1999 and has moved through many stages including the use of Public-Private Partnership. I am therefore glad to inform you that the activities that we have witnessed today constitute part of the measures that the Judiciary is undertaking to meet the service level expectations from our Customers by providing physical access to justice,” he said.

“This project entails the construction of the Court of Appeal building which will have 20 chambers for Justices, five Board rooms, four Court halls, three Registries and three chambers for the Registrars,” said the Chief Justice, adding:

“It will also have the Supreme Court building which will house: 12 Chambers for Justices, three Court halls, three Chambers for Registrars and three Registries amongst others.”

Judiciary’s Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana, likened the ceremony to a miracle adding that it is the time to rebuild the image of the Judiciary and gain its rightful position as a critical Arm of Government.

With the buildings in place, Mr. Bigirimana said the Judiciary will save at least Shs6 billion it pays annually in rent for the appellate courts.

This was echoed by Chief Justice who added that open days are being held all over the country, the courts now have an operational call center and salaries for Judicial Officers have been enhanced. He said focus is now going to be put on performance using the Performance Enhancement Tool.

The Chief Justice said the ground-breaking ceremony is a clear indication of accountability through transparency in procurement and project management.

This, he said, is in line with the Millennium Development Goals, the Country’s Vision 2040 and the Strategic Investment plan of the Judiciary and JLOS, all geared towards the Social and Economic Transformation of the country.

The ceremony was witnessed by the Deputy Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny-Dollo; Principal Judge, Dr Yorokamu Bamwine; Justices of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Others were the Chief Registrar, Esta Nambayo; Commissioner Engineering & Technical Services, Dr Christopher Ebal, and other members of Judiciary Senior Management.

 

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Published in Latest News
Thursday, 02 June 2016 14:35

Special Report on the JLOS House Project

 

The JLOS House Project is a three-in-one Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) infrastructure development project aimed at strengthening good governance principles by enhancing the ability of JLOS institutions to coordinate and offer better services. The project is expected to contribute to enhanced transparency, accountability and ethics in a purpose built office park and civic centre. 

The JLOS House complex is intended to improve the productivity of the public service; facilitate the growth of the private sector through the provision of timely public services; reduce the costs of public administration through integration of services and sharing of common services such as ICT conference facilities and asset/ facilities management. Further, the one-stop centre will introduce modern concepts of office management and incorporate environmental concepts of green and intelligent technology in the design and construction of public buildings. The one-stop centre will free resources in rent and efficiency savings to build a functional justice system in Uganda.

 

PROJECT SCOPE

The project involves the design, procurement, construction, commissioning and maintenance of 74,000 sq. metres of rentable office space comprising of:–

The JLOS Towers and High Court which shall be located on plot 98-102 Katalima Road in Naguru on 5 acres of land owned by the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) through the Uganda Land Commission. JLOS Towers and High Court will accommodate the headquarters of JLOS institutions including the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Uganda Human Rights Commission, Uganda Prison Services, URSB, TAT, ULRC, JSC, DPP, JLOS secretariat. The facility will also provide for the Criminal, Anti-Corruption, International Crimes, Civil, Family and Land Divisions of the High Court. The towers shall be green and intelligent buildings which shall serve as a one-stop service centre for JLOS Services.

The Police Headquarters to accommodate all the police directorates at plot 40-96 Katalima Road Naguru Kampala next to the JLOS house complex. The police headquarters shall be a green and intelligent building that will increase police productivity and improve quality of policing services. The Police Headquarters shall be constructed on 5.9 acres of land owned by Uganda Land Commission restricted to Uganda Police Force. The Project site is located in Kampala City 5.2 km East of the centre of Kampala City.

 

PROJECT BACKGROUND

The JLOS House project was conceived out of the need to provide a one-stop centre for JLOs institutions in recognition of the fact that the different JLOS institutions are scattered over dispersed locations in Kampala. Several of these locations are in parts of the City that are inaccessible, yet the mandates of the institutions are complementary and require close proximity for communication, cooperation and coordination. The institutions are also located in rented premises that are not designed for the provision of JLOS services and are inaccessible to the public.

It is expected that the JLOS House Project will support the efforts to integrate the services provided by the different institutions to create a conducive working environment. The project will also enhance accessibility to JLOS services by the general public, especially the poor and marginalised and enhance the inter-linkages between the services.

The huge cost of renting various premises for JLOS institutions further compounds the challenges that the Sector faces. The annual rental expense for JLOS institutional headquarters stands at USD 8.5 million. Despite this huge cost, there is still inadequate space for staff requirements and limited space for storage. There is also virtually no space to adequately handle clients. It is in light of these challenges that the Sector conceived and approved the JLOs House project in 2005.    

The overall goal of the project is to promote the rule of law through enhanced independence and public trust in JLOS institutions in line with the national vision of transforming Uganda from a peasant to a middle income status by 2040.  

The objective of the project is to provide office accommodation for the JLOS institutions as a one-stop service Centre in order to facilitate and improve service delivery and increase access to JLOS services. Specifically:

a) To provide office accommodation (JLOS Towers) and a purpose built High Court through green and intelligent buildings as a one-stop service centre to facilitate and improve service delivery and increase access to JLOS services.

b) To provide a green and intelligent building that will increase police productivity and improve quality of policing services (Police Headquarters). 

c) To provide for a purpose-built Judiciary headquarters and Appellate Courts that will promote access to judicial services

 

The project is expected to enhance operational efficiency, promote coordination among JLOS agencies and reduce the high cost of rent and align JLOS infrastructure to business processes while deepening public access to JLOS services.

The Justice, Law and Order Sector through the Public Private Partnership modality has identified an investor to build and operate the JLOS House project structures. Currently negotiations are ongoing between JLOS and the preferred bidder over the project scope and financing aspects. It is expected that these negotiations will be concluded in 2016.

Overall, the JLOS House project has the potential to change the way Government conducts its business and relates with the public. The project stands out to introduce modern concepts of office management, open government, environmental conservation and rationalized use of time, space and other scarce resources, which if properly implemented shall reduce the cost of public administration in the Justice, Law and Order Sector. 

 

 

This special report was prepared by the JLOS House Project Coordination Office at the JLOS Secretariat. For inquiries, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published in The JLOS House Complex
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 12:00

JLOS House Project preferred bidder named

 

#Press Release | August 12, 2015

The Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs on behalf of the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) announces M/S TWED Property Development Ltd and Group Five Structured Ingenuity (represented by G5 Property Development (Pty) Ltd Joint Venture(JV) as the preferred bidder for the JLOS House Project after the evaluation of Request for Proposals (RFP) submitted for design review, procurement, construction, financing and management of the JLOS House Project under Public Private Partnership (PPP). This development follows a two stage procurement process that started with advertisement of a request for Expression of Interest (EOI) on June 12, 2014. A total of thirteen local and international firms/consortia expressed interest out of which JLOS shortlisted the following nine (9) eligible firms/consortia to participate in the RFP phase:


1.    China State Construction and Engineering Company Limited (China)
2.    Beijing Uni-Construction Group Company Limited (China);
3.    China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation (China);
4.    Complant-China Complete Plant and Import and Export Corporation Limited (China);
5.    TWED Property Development Ltd and Group Five Structured Ingenuity (represented by G5 Property Development (Pty) Ltd consortium (from Uganda and South Africa respectively);
6.    Eiffage Concessions (France);
7.    Consolidated Contractors group (Greece);
8.    Shikun and Binui Arison Group and SBI International Holding (Joint Venture) from Israel; and
9.    Mota Engil (Portugal)

 

The above shortlisted firms were issued with Request for Proposal (RFP) and draft project agreements on January 31, 2015. Bids were submitted on the 22nd June 2015. A comprehensive and transparent evaluation of proposals submitted to JLOS was conducted in accordance with the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act, 2003 and the RFP requirements.

 

The Joint Venture (JV) of TWED Property Development Ltd and Group Five Property Development (Pty) Ltd was selected, based on its emphasis on a bigger local content and reduced costs for the JLOS House Project. The joint venture proposed will use ROKO Construction Company as its construction contractor and FBW Uganda Ltd as the lead design consultant. The Project is envisaged to be financed by Stanbic Bank Uganda and Standard Bank South Africa.


TWED Property Development Ltd is an indigenous property developer incorporated in 2005. TWED offers a wide range of real estate solutions that include residential, commercial office space, warehouse and logistics, mixed use developments, retail and hospitality. TWED also offers specialist services like business continuity and recovery centers, and facilities and asset management (FM). The company has successfully delivered a number of high profile developments including its flagship ultrafine buildings of TWED Plaza and TWED Towers in Kampala, Uganda.


Group Five Property Development Ltd, a South African based company was established in 1974 with core business in construction and infrastructure development. The company is listed on the Johannesburg stock exchange (JSE) and is involved in diversified construction, infrastructure concession and related services. Group Five operates in 21 Countries across Africa and also in Eastern Europe.


The TWED and Group Five consortium brings to the table proven local and global experience in infrastructure development, cutting edge innovation and world-class reputation in the construction, engineering and facilities management industry that stands to benefit the Justice, Law and Order Sector in the bid to successfully deliver the JLOS House Project.


The Justice, Law and Order Sector celebrates this milestone and remains committed and dedicated to the successful implementation of the JLOS House project  - central to the reforms being carried out by the Sector through provision of decent accommodation to all the JLOS institutions in the form of modern one-stop centre offices.

 

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Published in Latest News
Friday, 20 March 2015 14:17

Rationale for the Project

JLOS institutions are scattered over dispersed locations in Kampala. While the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs is located on Parliament Avenue, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions is at Workers House, the criminal courts are at Kololo, Nakasero and at the Constitutional Square etc, JSC at Parliament Avenue, Police Headquarters Naguru, Kibuli, Kololo, Bukoto and Kireka, the Ministry of Internal Affairs is on Jinja Road, Wandegeya and Nakasero.

Most of the JLOS institutions are located in parts of the City that are not readily accessible yet the mandates of these institutions are complementary and require close proximity for communication, cooperation and coordination. The rented premises currently occupied by the JLOS institutions were not specially designed for the provision of JLOS services and are therefore not convenient for the provisions of JLOS services.

The services relating to each institution cannot be integrated to create an effective and conducive working environment and yet the mandates of the JLOS institutions are complementary. In addition, their location in different places has resulted in decreased accessibility of JLOS services to the general public, especially the poor and marginalized who often have difficulties in finding their way to the right institution.


The current office premises of these 17 institutions are also overcrowded and do not have sufficient space for the staff and storage space. JLOS is also confronted with huge annual costs for renting the headquarters of these institutions. 

The Justice Law and Order Sector is currently spending over 4.8 million US dollars to rent the headquarters and other facilities relating to the 17 institution. On several occasions the sector has accumulated rent arrears and has faced threats of eviction from the landlords which threaten the effective discharge of the mandates of the JLOS institutions. These institutions include, the Uganda Police Force, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Uganda Law Reform Commission, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Appellate Courts and High Court Divisions such as family, international crimes and anti-corruption.


Institution/ Annual Rent (USD)


Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs - $938,672
Judiciary - $2,282,031
Uganda Police Force - $625,000
Directorate of Public Prosecutions - $268,750
Uganda Law Reform Commission - $143,359
Uganda Registration Services Bureau - $531,206
Tax Appeals Tribunal - $62,500
Uganda Prison Services  - $27,344
Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control - $15,625

Total: $4,894,487

If monies spent on rent are injected into propelling the construction of a one-stop JLOS service centre, the risk of eviction arising from rent arrears will be eliminated.

In the case of the JLOS institutions which are located in premises owned by the Government, like the CID Headquarters in Kibuli and Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control, the premises are congested, dilapidated and outdated and in urgent need of renovation or refurbishment.

Published in The JLOS House Complex
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 11:17

JLOS House Project Pre-Bid Briefing Held

 

The Justice, Law and Order Sector on February 16 2015 held the JLOS House pre-bid briefing with various bidders for the JLOS House Project. This development follows the issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP) on January 30 2015 to nine (09) international firms. The briefing, held at Grand Imperial Hotel, Kampala was an opportunity for bidders to interface with the JLOS structures in charge of the project – notably the Transaction Advisory Committee (TAC) that was mandated by the JLOS Steering Committee to provide oversight and coordination of the JLOS House PPP project.
 
During the meeting, bidders were given an overview of the project and the key RFP provisions. Bidders were also given an opportunity to ask questions during the interactive Q&A session.
 
Later on in the day, the bidders were taken on a site tour of the proposed JLOS House Towers and Police Headquarters in Naguru, a Kampala suburb; and to the proposed Appellate Court on Plot 1, The Square.
 
One-on-one clarification sessions between the bidders and the JLOS House PPP Transaction Advisory Committee (TAC) to start on February 17th 2015 at the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional affairs (JLOS Secretariat).

 

For more information about the JLOS House Project, contact the JLOS Secretariat by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

By Edgar Kuhimbisa | Published: February 17 2015.

Published in JLOS House news
Friday, 30 January 2015 11:12

Nine firms issued with JLOS House RFP

 

#PRESS RELEASE | January 30, 2015

The Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs on behalf of the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) announces that Nine (9) firms/consortia have been issued with a Request for Proposal (RFP) and draft project agreements in respect to the design, review, construction, financing and management of the JLOS House Project under the Public Private Partnership (PPP). This development follows submission of expressions of interest for the role of lead Investor/developer/operator for the JLOS House project by thirteen (13) international firms in July 2014.

The firms were invited to pick hard copies of the RFP document and draft project agreement on Friday 30th January 2015 to be issued by the Procurement Unit in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional affairs, Ground floor, Room G6. 

The bid closing date is April 20, 2015 (14.00 EAT) and the bid opening date has been scheduled for April 20, 2015 at 16.00  (EAT).

The following firms were short-listed to respond the JLOS House PPP project  RFP;


1. Eiffage Concessions (France)
2. Consolidated Contractors group and Morganti (Greece)
3. China State Construction and Engineering Company Limited (China)
4. Shikun and Binui Arison Group and SBI International Holdings AG. (Israel)
5. Beijing Uni-Construction Group Company Limited (China)
6. Mota-Engil (Portugal)
7. China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation (China)
8. Complant-China Complete Plant and Import and Export Corporation Limited (China)
9. Group 5 Property Developments  (PTY) Limited and Twed Consulting Company Limited (South Africa)

 

Published in Latest News
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:20

Expression Of Interest

Nine (9) firms/consortia were short-listed to participate in the next stage of the procurement for the construction of the JLOS House Project under the Private Public Partnership modality.This development followed the submission of Expressions of Interest (EOI) by thirteen (13) firms in July 2014. 

 

Short-listed firms/consortia 

 

 

Firm/consortia

Country

1

Eiffage Concessions

France

2

Consolidated Contractors group and Morganti

Greece

3

China State Construction and Engineering Company Limited

China

4

Shikun and Binui Arison Group and SBI International Holdings AG.

Israel

5

Beijing Uni-Construction Group Company Limited

China

6

Mota-Engil

Portugal

7

China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation

China

8

China Complete Plant and Import and Export Corporation Limited (Complant)

China

9

Group 5 Property Developments  (PTY) Limited and Twed Consulting Company  Limited

South Africa

 

 

Published in The JLOS House Complex
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:19

Project Milestones

The following milestones have been achieved under the JLOS House complex:-

  • Acquisition of certificate of title for the JLOS land
  • Clearing of police officers off the JLOS land
  • Relocation of police officers, who were previously on the JLOS land
  • Fencing of the land for the Headquarters of the Uganda Police Force.
  • Engagement of consultants to draw detailed designs for the Headquarters of the Uganda Police Force and the Appellate Courts.
  • Appropriation of 12.6 billion shillings for the JLOS House complex.
  • Issuance of the Expression of Interest for the JLOS House Project
  • Establishment of the Transaction Advisory Committee to coordinate the PPP process for the project
  • Engagement of Transaction Advisors to provide technical assistance in regard to the ongoing PPP procurement process
  • Engagement of a drafting team to collect, analyze and develop Request for Proposal documentation
  • Issuance of the Request for Proposal (RFP) and draft project agreements to bidding firms
Published in The JLOS House Complex
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:18

Beneficiaries

The JLOS House Complex will provide 80,000 square meters of office space as indicated in the table below. The Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control will remain at the current headquarters of Ministry of Internal Affairs. The Uganda Law Society will not be part of the JLOS Complex. JLOS is separately funding the Uganda Law Society to put up a training centre for its members. The Ministry of Local Government and Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development will not be in the JLOS house because most of their mandate are outside the JLOS Sector although provision will be made for inclusion of the Industrial Court in the complex.

 

Institution

Police Headquarters

(allocated space in sq. metres)

Appellate Courts (allocated space in sq. metres)

JLOS House (allocated space in sq. metres)

Appellate Courts

 

17,370

 

Criminal Court House

 

 

6,750

Ministry of Justice

 

 

6,480

Ministry of Internal Affairs

 

 

2,700

Police Headquarters

18,270

 

 

Uganda Prisons Services

 

 

4,860

Uganda Registration Service Bureau

 

 

3,060

Directorate of Public Prosecutions

 

 

2,700

Uganda Law Reform Commission

 

 

1,170

CADER

 

 

270

Tax Appeals Tribunal

 

 

540

Judicial Service Commission

 

 

720

Common Services

 

 

810

Parking

 

 

10,000

TOTAL

18,270

 

 

Published in The JLOS House Complex
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:18

Transaction Advisory Committee (TAC)

The sector in March 2014 received a no objection from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development to procure for the construction of the JLOS House under private public partnership (PPP) modality . As a result, the sector set up a multi-institutional Transaction Advisory Committee (TAC) comprised of representatives from the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, the Privatization Unit (MOFPED), the Judiciary, Ministry of Works, the JLOS Constructions Committee,

The role of TAC is to advise on the preparation of the necessary documentation as well as the process of procurement of the private investor to undertake the financing and construction of the JLOS House Complex.

TAC is also responsible for advising on the PPP model to be adopted; advising the Solicitor General and the sector at large on the feasibility of the proposed PPP model of JLOS House project financing; advising on the preparation of the necessary documentation for the procurement of the investor (Request for Proposal (RFP) and/or Expression of Interest (EOI) documents, financial background documentation, credit worthiness, bid documentation, lease agreements, draft contracts and arrangements for building operation /rental agreements et cetera; Carry out a detailed project risk analysis and a mitigation plan and identify responsibility centers for mitigation; Carry out a feasibility study for the JLOS House project (PPP financing option analysis, options analysis, i.e. what other optional model of financing could be adopted, risk analysis, Value For Money/VFM analysis and economic impact); Carry out quality assurance of the project during the PPP procurement process; Advise the project implementation committee on execution of the project; Facilitate the marketing of the project to potential investors.

The TAC is also responsible for some phases of contract negotiation with the procured investor for the JLOS House Project.

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