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KAMPALA -- The Hon. Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu held a meeting with H.E Dr. Karin Boven, Ambassador of the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands to Uganda on the 16th of March 2021, who called on him at the Ministry’s Headquarters on Parliament Avenue. The meeting that was also attended by Mr. Francis Atoke, the Solicitor General and officials from the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) Secretariat, was a courtesy call by the ambassador as she starts her tenure as chairperson of the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) Development Partners Group (DPG).  

Prof. Kamuntu and H.E Dr. Boven, discussed matters of great importance to the nation, and to JLOS in particular. The issues discussed ranged from upholding the rule of law, respect for human rights, as well as strengthening of the commercial, transitional and criminal justice delivery mechanisms, notably the need to tackle the case backlog challenge in the courts of law, emphasising the fact that justice delayed is justice denied.

H.E Dr. Boven applauded the Sector for taking the lead in developing game-changing innovations in access to justice but also shared her concerns relating to the image of the Sector in the wake of pre-election violence that was witnessed in November 2020. She further expressed concerns on the delay by the Government to release the report on the investigations into the alleged human rights violations that were committed during that period. 

The Hon. Minister assured Dr. Boven of the Government's commitment to publish the report as soon as investigations are complete and that those culpable in human rights abuses would be dealt with under the law. He emphasised Government's commitment to ensuring peace, security and stability and pointed out the history of the NRM government is rooted in adhering to the rule of law and respect for human rights.

Mr. Francis Atoke, the Solicitor General on his part thanked the Royal Kingdom of Netherlands for the consistent support to the Justice, Law and Order Sector since its inception in 1999. He said that this support has been instrumental in enhancing access to justice for all Ugandans and has contributed to the significant improvement in commercial justice and ease of doing business in the country.

Ms. Rachel Odoi-Musoke, the JLOS Senior Technical Advisor thanked the Dutch Embassy in Kampala for taking a lead in addressing access to justice needs and challenges of refugees and their host communities in Uganda. This specific focus on the unique justice needs of refugees has made registration, identification and documentation easy and also improved relationships with host communities. 

H.E Dr. Karin Boven takes over the Chair of the JLOS Development Partners Group following its recent handover by Dr. Roswitha Kremser, Head of the Austrian Delegation to Uganda.

 

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Published: 16th March 2021

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KAMPALA - The Hon. Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu has met with the Austrian Head of Delegation to Uganda, Dr. Roswitha Kremser who called upon him at the Ministry’s offices on Parliament Avenue.  The meeting was a courtesy call by the Head of Delegation as she winds up her tenure as chairperson of the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) -Development Partners Group (DPG). She was accompanied by Dr. Katja Kershbaumer, the Governance Advisor at the Austria Development Cooperation. 

Hon. Prof. Kamuntu and Dr. Kremser discussed matters of great importance to the nation and to the JLOS Sector in particular, which ranged from upholding the rule of law, eliminating Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), upholding Human Rights and promoting Justice delivery mechanisms in Uganda, notably the need to regularise criminal sessions in the judiciary and the issue of pre-trial detentions by the Uganda Police. 

Her Excellency laid out some of the achievements registered during her leadership which include the increase in the use of technology in the delivery of Justice(E-Justice), reduction in case backlog and improved handling of juvenile offenders.  She lauded the Sector’s efforts in the fight against Sexual and Gender-Based violence.  Dr. Kremser also raised the issue of the urgent need to appoint a substantive Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission. She noted that lack of a substantive chairperson has weaken the functioning of the Commission.  

On his part, the Minister congratulated Dr. Kremser on a very successful tenure as Chairperson of the JLOS-Development Partners Group. He applauded the support given by the ADC and other Sector Development Partners towards the administration of Justice and rule of law in the country.  

Hon. Prof Kamuntu noted the concerns raised in regard to the delay in the appointment of a substantive chairperson of the Human Rights Commission. He pledged to expeditiously handle this matter with all the relevant stakeholders and the appointing authority. 

The Minister further assured her that she has a firm partner, in Government, in the fight against Gender Based Violence. He promised his full support on that front.  The Hon minister also called upon Dr. Kremser to continue supporting the Sector, noting that institutions like the Office of the Director Public Prosecutions (ODPP) need urgent assistance in retooling, especially State Prosecutors based in upcountry locations. He averred that he is handling the issue of their renumeration enhancements with H.E the President and other relevant authorities in government.   

 

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Published: 24 February 2021

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We would like to inform the public that the police as a law abiding institution, welcomed the ruling by the Constitutional Court of Uganda, that annulled section 8 of the Public Order Management Act, 2013. The section gave discretionary powers to the police, to stop or prevent the holding of a public meeting, where the public meeting is held contrary to the Act.

A task team led by the Director Legal and Human Rights Services is working with the Attorney General, to appeal against the ruling.

 

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Published: March 30, 2020

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The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Hon. Kahinda Otafiire on February 7, 2019 participated in a high level ministerial segment at the Access to Justice Conference held in The Hague, Netherlands. The event hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs was aimed at facilitating dialogue and interaction around Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.3 that seeks to ensure equal access to justice for all by 2030. 

Hon. Otafiire attended the event at the invitation of Her Excellency Sigrid A.M. Kaag, the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Kingdom of Netherlands. In his statement, Hon. Otafiire shared Uganda’s access to justice journey and the success story of the Sector-wide approach being spearheaded by the Justice, Law and Order Sector.

During the ministerial segment of the conference that drew participants from all over the world, strategies for the delivery of SDG 16.3 were explored and access to justice experiences were shared. The meeting was also aimed at developing recommendations and potential commitments to deliver justice for all.

 

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By Edgar Kuhimbisa / Published: February 12, 2019

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 15:57

2,000 prisoners seek presidential pardon

 

The Uganda Prisons Service has listed 2,100 inmates for Presidential pardon. The constitution empowers the President to pardon prisoners on the presidential prerogative of mercy upon advice of the Committee of Clemency and the Attorney General. The Uganda Prisons Spokesperson, Mr. Frank Baine said the list was submitted to the Attorney General's office (Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs) in August this year and they are awaiting a response from the President's office.

 

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Published: December 6, 2018

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KAMPALA - The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Kahinda Otafiire this afternoon met with a visiting delegation from Estonia led by the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Väino Reinart. The Estonian delegation is in the country on a two-day official visit to engage with the Government of Uganda on aspects cooperation and partnership between Uganda and Estonia in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

The Honorable Minister welcomed Hon. Reinart to Uganda and underscored the need for increased partnership between Uganda and Estonia not only in the domain of ICT but in other economically viable fields of agriculture, transport, power generation and tourism. He further requested the Estonian delegation to explore Public Private Partnerships (PPP) as a viable model for implementation of projects in Uganda.

The Ag. Solicitor General, Ms. Harriet Lwabi in her remarks underscored the need for technology driven processes in the Ministry. She said this would relate to areas of case management, electronic records management, information sharing and collaboration. Ms. Lwabi also emphasised the need for integration of information systems among all players in the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) as a mechanism for improving effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery. 

Hon. Reinart thanked the minister for the warm welcome and said Estonia is eager to create long lasting partnerships with Uganda that will facilitate knowledge transfer and human capacity development in the implementation of E-Government programs. He invited the minister to visit Estonia later this year to see first-hand how technology has revolutionised the Estonian economy, contributed to improved access to services in the justice sector and facilitated citizen empowerment. 

Present at this meeting from the Ministry of Justice was the Director of Legal Advisory services, Mr. Christopher Gashirabake; the Director First Parliamentary Counsel, Ms. Harriet Lwabi (and Ag. Solicitor General); representatives from the Directorate of civil Litigation, the Law Council and the JLOS Secretariat.

Hon. Reinart was accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and business representatives from leading ICT players in Estonia’s private sector such as Net Group, Nortal and Aktors. During this visit, the Estonian delegation will also pay a courtesy call on the Deputy Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo.

 

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By Edgar Kuhimbisa | Published: May 10, 2018

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The Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional and other state agencies in May and June 2015 successfully negotiated and facilitated the transfer of Ugandan prisoners serving sentences in the Republic of Mauritius. The prisoners were transferred to Uganda to serve the remaining part of their sentences in accordance with the bilateral agreement between GoU and the Mauritius government on transfer of convicted offenders.

According to Mr. Farouq Lubega, a Senior State Attorney in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs privy to this extradition process, the transfer of these prisoners was triggered by a petition from their relatives to Hon. Kahinda Otafiire, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. The prisoners in question are Miriam Mpopoya (sentenced to 25 years in 2008 on charges of importation of heroin and assault of a public functionary); Mr. Fred Asiimwe Kato (sentenced to penal servitude for life in 1998); Mr. James Mukasa Kanamwanje (sentenced to 25 years in 1998 for importation of heroin); Mr. Francis Igudo Tukei (sentenced for 19 years in 2008 for importation of heroin); and Ms. Ann Willus Kayiwa (sentenced for 25 years in 2008 for importation of heroin with averment of trafficking).

The Transfer of Convicted Offenders Act (2012) provided the legal basis for this transfer. This act assented to by the president on July 27 2012 makes provision for the mutual transfer of convicted offenders between Uganda and other Commonwealth countries for the purpose of serving their sentences of imprisonment. The act also provides for the conditions, treatment and other arrangements in respect of persons liable to be transferred.

A team of government of Uganda officials that included Mr. Farouq Lubega (Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affiars); Ms. Doreen Kazoora Asiimwe (Foreign Affairs); Mr. Edyadu Fauscents and Mr. Abio Rock Evans (Prisons Service) travelled to Mauritius in April 2015 to facilitate this transfer. The first group of transfered prisoners arrived in Uganda via Entebbe International Airport on May 2 2015 and was taken to Luzira Prison to serve the remaining part of their sentences. The second group of  (two) prisoners is expected to be transferred by the end of June 2015.

 

By Edgar Kuhimbisa \  Published: June 9, 2015.

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Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:20

Hon. Nyombi hands over AG’s Office

 

KAMPALA – Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi has pledged to continue working towards a “people centered institution” in his new role as the Attorney General. This was during the handover ceremony of the office of the Attorney General held this morning at the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. His Excellency the President appointed Hon. Ruhindi the new Attorney General replacing Hon. Peter Nyombi during a cabinet reshuffle on March 1 2015.

 Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi joined the Ministry of Justice in 1991 as a State Attorney and from June 2006 and February 2015 served as the Minister of State for Justice and Constitutional Affairs and the Deputy Attorney General.  During this period (as deputy AG), he served under two Attorney’s General – Hon. Prof. Kiddhu Makubuya and Hon. Peter Nyombi.

During the handover ceremony witnessed by the Solicitor General, Mr. Francis Atoke and various heads of directorates and departments and other ministry staff, Hon. Ruhindi paid a warm and glowing tribute to outgoing AG Hon. Peter Nyombi. He recounted the earlier days when Hon. Nyombi worked in the First Parliamentary Counsel and referred to him as a source of inspiration. “He inspired us as young people…tall, elegant and smart..”, Hon. Ruhindi said of Hon. Peter Nyombi. He also went on to thank Hon. Nyombi for the comprehensive handover report which he said would guide him and the entire ministry in his new work as Attorney General.

Hon. Nyombi in his remarks thanked God for the opportunity of working as Attorney General for the last four years (since 2011) and thanked Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi, Hon. Kahinda Otafiire (Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs) and Mr. Francis Atoke (Solicitor General) for the cooperation accorded during his term. He highlighted of areas and issues that are being handled by the Attorney General’s Chambers which include: Government handover of land titles to the different kingdoms, Amuru Sugar Factory, the Sango Bay Project, ongoing arbitration cases in London between Tullow Oil and Government of Uganda as well as issues relating to constitutional amendments. The details are contained in a report handed over to Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi.

 

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By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./ Published: Thursday March 12, 2015

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Sunday, 01 March 2015 18:30

Hon. Ruhindi Appointed Attorney General

 

KAMPALA -- In a cabinet reshuffle announced by President Yoweri Museveni this afternoon, Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi has been appointed the Attorney General replacing Hon. Peter Nyombi. Hon. Ruhindi previously served as the Deputy Attorney General and State Minister for Justice and Constitutional affairs. Hon. Mwesigwa Rukutana (formerly the Minister of State for Labor) replaces Hon. Ruhindi as the Deputy Attorney General. Hon. Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Kahinda Otafiire retained the position of Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

In other developments, Hon. Aronda Nyakairima was retained as the Minister of Internal Affairs while Hon. Evelyn Anite was appointed the State minister for Youth and Children Affairs replacing Hon. Ronald Kibuule who is now the Minister of State for Water. Hon. Mary Busingye Karooro Okurut was named the new Minister of Security. Hon. Karooro prior to the cabinet reshuffle was the Minister of Gender, Labor and Social Affairs. Hon. She has now been replaced by Hon. Muruli Mukasa.

Below is how the cabinet reshuffle announced today shapes up ministerial positions in the Justice, Law and Order Sector and the JLOS Leadership Committee:

 

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs

Hon. Kahinda Otafiire – Minister

Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi – Attorney General

Hon. Mwesigwa Rukutana – Deputy Attorney General

 

Ministry of Internal Affairs

Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima – Minister

Hon. James Baba – State Minister

 

Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development

Hon. Isanga Lukia Nakadama – Minister of State (Gender and Culture)

Hon. Evelyn Anite – Minister of State (Youth and Children Affairs)

Hon. Kamanda Bataringaya    – Minister of State (Employment and Industrial Relations)

Hon. Sulaiman Madada – Minister of State (Eldery and Disability)

 

Ministry of Local Government

Hon. Adolph Mwesige - Minister

Hon. Alex Aadroa Onzima  - State Minister 

 

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By Edgar Kuhimbisa | Published: March 1 2015

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Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:21

Legislative Process in Uganda

The legislative process takes the following steps when legislation is being proposed by a Ministry or Government Department in Uganda –

1. The Ministry concerned approaches Cabinet through a Cabinet Memorandum with a proposal for Cabinet to approve the principles for the drafting of the Bill. Cabinet approval in principle is required before drafting of the subject legislation. This is provided for under paragraph 2 of Section (Q-b) of the Uganda Public Service Standing Orders, 2010.

2. Paragraph 2(b) of Section (Q-b) however permits a Bill to be drafted by the First Parliamentary Counsel if the Attorney General or Solicitor General authorises the drafting of the Bill without reference to Cabinet. According to the paragraph, this authority should be granted only in special circumstances. The request for the authority should be made through the responsible Minister.

3. Cabinet then considers the proposals as contained in the Cabinet Memorandum of the Ministry concerned and approves the principles on the basis of which a Bill is to be drafted.

4. When Cabinet approves the principles for the drafting of a Bill, it authorises the responsible Minister to issue drafting instructions to the First Parliamentary Counsel/Attorney General to draft the necessary legislation.

5. The Ministry concerned would then request the First Parliamentary Counsel through the Attorney General to draft the legislation on the basis of the approved principles as contained in a Cabinet Minute.

6. Where the instructions are not clear, the First Parliamentary Counsel will ask the Ministry concerned for further instructions and where necessary request that Ministry to identify an officer in the Ministry to liaise with the office of First Parliamentary Counsel in the drafting of the Bill.

7. In drafting the legislation, the office of the First Parliamentary Counsel will interact with the Ministry concerned to arrive at an agreed draft.

8. The Ministry concerned may again consult stakeholders as to the contents of the Bill.

9. The Ministry concerned will have to submit the Bill to Cabinet for approval together with a Cabinet Memorandum and any comments of the stakeholders. Paragraph 7 of Section (Q-b) of the Uganda Public Service Standing Orders, 2010 provides that no Bill without exception should be published unless it has been submitted to Cabinet for approval.

In the course of drafting the Bill the draftsperson is required to bear in mind the need to keep informed the Law Officers namely, the Attorney General and the Solicitor General. This is regulated by paragraph 6 of Section (Q-b).

 

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