Law Reform for Good Governance and Sustainable Development
The Commission has undertaken and completed a number of projects with funding from Government of Uganda and the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS). Some of the ongoing projects include the following:
The Explosives Act (Cap 298) was enacted during the colonial period in 1936 and has not been reviewed ever. The purpose of the Act is to regulate the manufacture, storage, sale, transportation, importation, exportation and the use of explosives in Uganda with the ultimate aim of securing the health and safety of Ugandans.
The Commission is carrying out simplification of the Contracts Act. The purpose of the project is to present, to end-users, the Contracts Act in a simpler and easy to read form. A draft Simplified Contract Act has been prepared and will be presented to the stakeholders to validate it in terms of diction and comprehension. It is expected to be ready for publication by June 2016.
The Commission has commenced the revision of subsidiary legislation as part of the major law revision project. At the time of reporting four (4) out of twelve (12) volumes had been revised. The project is expected to be completed during the financial year 2017/18.
A compendium of all the repealed Constitutions of Uganda is being compiled. The purpose is to document the history of constitutional development in independent Uganda and provide a consolidated document that provides an easy point of reference on the constitutional history of Uganda.
The Commission has compiled a compendium of electoral laws incorporating amendments made to the Constitution and Acts of Parliament relating to elections in Uganda as at 31st December 2015. The purpose of the compendium is to consolidate electoral laws and facilitate ease of reference for stakeholders. The compendium is completed and will be published by the end of March 2016.
The laws to be incorporated in the compendium of labour laws have been identified and amendments have been inserted. Editing and proofreading is ongoing and the compendium will be published by the end of June 2016.
Preparation of this compendium is ongoing. Amendments and new Acts have been compiled. Peer review meetings to validate the document are scheduled for April 2015 and publication is expected in May 2016.
The Commission commenced the process of translating the Constitution into Ateso and Runyankole/Rukiga during the year. At the time of reporting, a consultant to undertake the translation had been identified. The Constitution translated into Ateso and Runyankole/Rukiga will be published in June 2016.