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Friday, 08 December 2017 10:08

Welcome Remarks : 22nd Annual JLOS Review



The Honourable Chief Justice of Uganda
The Honourable Deputy Chief Justice
The Honourable Principal Judge
Honourable Ministers
My Lords, Justices and Judges of the Courts of Judicature
Your Excellency, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Chairperson of the JLOS Development Partners’ Group
Your excellencies, 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 District Chain Linked Committees
Distinguished invited guests in your respective capacities
Ladies and Gentlemen


It is my honour and priviledge to welcome each and every one of you to this 22nd Annual JLOS Government of Uganda - Development Partners’ Review. We thank you for joining us today to share this important occasion in the JLOS calendar.

Sadly, we begin this review at a time when we are facing the passing of a great colleague and leader, he Honourable Lady Justice Laetitia Mukasa Kikonyogo, Deputy Chief Justice Emeritus. Lady Justice Kikonyogo will be remembered as a pioneer for women in the Judiciary, a brilliant lawyer and a dedicated Ugandan. We extend our condolences to the family of the late Justice Kikonyogo, the Chief Justice and the entire Judiciary. I request you all to rise and join me as we observe a moment of silence in her honour.

Today is a momentous day. Not only will we consider the performance of the Sector for the year 2016/17, but we will also consider the overall impact that the Sector has made over the five years of implementation of the third Sector Investment Plan (SIPIII). The day will culminate with the launch of our Fourth Sector Development Plan (SDP IV), the framework for Sector strategies and investments for the period 2017/18 to 2019/20.

We are holding this review under the theme “A Pro-people justice system: Profiling vulnerability, delivering on the Promise”. As you will see from the detailed presentation of the Report, we have over the five years of SIPIII focused on creating a more people centered justice system that addresses the challenges and responds to the needs of the most vulnerable people in our society. We have worked to reach more people with our services, creating friendly interfaces that have encouraged the public to seek justice services and provide us with feedback, where we have fallen short. We believe that we have achieved a lot of what we set out to do. With a wider infrastructure network, increased automation and improved delivery in terms of disposal of cases, improvements in the rehabilitation of offenders and improved customer service and response to clients across the institutions, among others.

We do note however that there are still challenges that are plaguing the Sector and the Fourth Strategic Development Plan (SDP IV) is our roadmap to address these issues. Challenges such as the perennial case backlog and the understaffing and welfare of Sector staff, continue to hold us back from attaining our highest potential. As the political leadership of the Sector it is our task, and a task we are committed to, to see that these challenges are addressed under the SDP IV.

I wish to welcome our partners from the rest of Government to this review. Although it is called a JLOS review, it reflects the work of the entire Government as far as the Rule of Law and justice are concerned as we are all inter-twined in this effort, whether it is in the shared delivery of services such as health, education and water or in the provision of financial and technical support. We look forward to renewed and strengthened inter-Sectoral partnerships going forward.

I wish to welcome and thank our Development Partners, with whom we have worked closely and tirelessly to achieve the successes we have registered so far. Your commitment to JLOS is appreciated and we are glad to note that this support and collaboration will continue into the SDP IV period.

To all our partners from civil society and the private sector, we look forward to your feedback and comments today, which we believe will make the Sector stronger and inform our future endeavors. We emphasise that we are working to ensure a pro-people justice system and as a cross-section of the public we welcome your input towards this journey that we are taking together.

Once again, I thank you all for gracing our invitation and I look forward to your active participation in this Annual Review.

I now take this opportunity to invite His Excellency, Ambassador Henk Jan Bakker of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Chairperson of the JLOS Development Partners’ Group to make his remarks.


Hon. Mwesigwa Rukutana

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