The Salient Features of the Traffic and Road Safety Act (Amendment) Bill 2021

Introduction Revenue mobilisation has rebirthed all motor vehicle licences for all owners of motor vehicles in addition to revising the rates for existing commercial motor vehicle licenses. This is to take effect in the next financial year, starting July 1st 2021. Objective The object of this Bill is to amend the Traffic and Road Safety…

April 12, 2021
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What you need to know about the Mental Health Act 2018

Introduction The Mental Health Act repeals the Mental Treatment Act Cap 249 and provides for; Establishment of the Uganda Mental Health Advisory Board and to provides for its composition, tenure and functions, Mental health treatment at primary health centres, Emergency admission and treatment, involuntary admission and treatment and for voluntary and assisted admission and treatment,…

April 12, 2021
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Understanding the Administration of the Judiciary Act 2020

On 2nd June 2020, the Parliament of Uganda passed the Administration of the Judiciary Act 2020. It was signed into law by the President of Uganda on 19th June 2020. This resulted from lobbying and advocacy by the Coalition in support of the Independence of the Judiciary (CISTICJ). The Coalition includes the Centre for Public…

February 22, 2021
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Understanding the National Legal Aid Bill, 2019

Introduction An Act to consolidate, update, and modernize the law on legal aid in Uganda; to codify Government’s obligation in relation to the provision of legal aid to indigent or vulnerable persons; to create Justice Centres Uganda and designate them as the government agency responsible for providing legal aid on behalf of Government; repeal the…

January 27, 2021
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What you need to know about the Data Protection and Privacy Act, 2019

Introduction Uganda was the first East African country to recognize privacy as a fundamental human right, as enshrined in article 27 of the 1995 Uganda Constitution as well as in regional and international laws. The Data Protection and Privacy Act, 2019 aims to protect individuals and their data by regulating the processing of personal information…

September 22, 2020
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The salient features of the Uganda National Examinations Board Bill, 2020

Introduction The Primary Education State Minister, Rosemary Seninde tabled the Bill in parliament on behalf of the Government in July 2020.  The Bill was referred to the Education and Sports Committee for Scrutiny. Once amended, the Bill will replace the law that was enacted in 1983. Objective The object of this Bill is to reform…

September 8, 2020
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What you need to know about the Roads Act, 2019

Introduction The Roads Act 2019 came into force following its publication on 25th September 2019 in the gazette and the Act repealed the Roads Act Cap. 358 and the Access to Roads Act, Cap. 350 Objective The Act was put in place to ensure the following; Reformation of the law relating to the development, management…

September 3, 2020
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What you need to know about the Human Rights (enforcement) Act 2019

1. Introduction 1.1 The objective of the Act This is an Act of Parliament that gives effect to Article 50(4) of the 1995 Constitution of Uganda. It does so by providing for the procedure of enforcing rights under Chapter 4 of the 1995 Constitution of Uganda. The law was assented to by the President H.E…

August 11, 2020
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The salient features of the Local Government (Amendment) Act, 2020 you need to know.

Introduction On the 4th day of March 2020, the Local Government Amendment Bill, 2019, was passed by Parliament into law. The purpose of this bill is to amend the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ments Act, Cap. 243 to pro­vide for the cre­ation of lo­cal gov­ern­ment and the mag­is­trate units at least two years be­fore the due date for…

August 4, 2020
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Understanding the Sexual Offences Bill, 2018

Introduction The Sexual Offences Bill was first tabled in the 9th Parliament in 2015 and was re-tabled last year. The object of the Bill is to enact a specific law on sexual offenses for the effective prevention of sexual violence; to enhance punishment of sexual offenses; to provide for the protection of victim during sexual…

July 10, 2020
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