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JLOS holds a joint Government of Uganda and Development Partners Semi Annual Review

The Justice, Law and Order Sector is on course to achieve 82% of its targets in this current year. This was revealed during the JLOS Semi Annual Review held on April 19 2011 at Protea Hotel in Kampala. His Worship Henry Adonyo, the Chairperson of the JLOS Technical Committee in his speech highlighted a number of milestones registered during the year under review.

These include a reduction in the average length of stay on remand for capital offenders from 27.1 months to 15 months; increase in holding capacity of Uganda Prisons Services from 13,670 to 14,334 places; an increase in the disposal rate of cases in the Judiciary that now stands at 90.1 percent of all registered cases and an increase in CID strength at a ratio of 1 CID officer to 18 cases (down from 1:23). JLOS also collected 32 billion shillings in Non Tax Revenue – Seven (7) billion shillings more than the entire SWAp budget. In addition, four (4) Community Justice Centers were constructed and inaugurated at Pader, Patongo, Otuke and Kiryadongo and a High Court.

Despite the achievements registered, JLOS still faces mounting case backlog of land cases, poor investigation of cases, prison congestion, real and perceived corruption at various JLOS points, limited training for 80% of JLOS staff, limited physical presence of JLOS institutions in the newly created districts, an inadequate juvenile justice system and inappropriate handling of public order situations.

 

By Edgar Kuhimbisa | Published: April 21, 2011