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Uganda Vision 2040:JLOS in Perspective

Vision 2040 is a 30 year Government of Uganda development strategy Vision 2040 is a 30 year Government of Uganda development strategy


On April 18, 2013, the President of the Republic of Uganda launched the Vision 2040 plan – a 30 year strategy aimed at propelling Uganda from a lower to a middle income economy. Uganda Vision 2040 builds on the progress that has been made in addressing the strategic bottlenecks that have constrained Uganda’s socio-economic development since her independence. The Justice, Law and Order Sector’s central role in fostering national development both in the short and long term is recognized in Uganda’s vision for the next 30 years.


We now bring you an extract from the Vision 2040 plan featuring the role of the Justice, Law and Order Sector.


Rule of Law


The rule of law and the supremacy of the Constitution will be upheld to ensure that all individuals are subject to and treated equally according to the law, and that no one is exposed to arbitrary treatment. This means that all citizens and authorities, including armed forces and security forces, obey the law and have equal access to justice.


The independence of the Judiciary will be strengthened. The President will appoint judges at the court of appeal and Supreme Court level, while from the high court and lower are appointed by Judicial Service Commission. The Judicial Service Commission shall be enabled to set competitive remuneration for judicial officers. Judgments of courts will be respected by all arms of government and enforced


Over the Vision period the capacity, security of tenure and the independence of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will be strengthened. To ensure the effectiveness of the DPP there is need for a well-trained, facilitated, equipped and effective police. The capacity of the police will be strengthened and police colleges will be equipped to offer specialized training for criminal and forensic investigations to ensure prevention and detection of crimes. The police training will ensure that the rate at which the capacity of police is developed is higher than the rate at which crime is getting sophisticated in the global context. There will be emphasis on prevention of crime through establishing community policing in Uganda. The conditions of service shall be improved to match the global standards.



Protection of Human Rights


Over the Vision period, the respect for human rights and its fundamental principles shall be at the core of development planning. It shall incorporate the National objectives and Directive Principles of state policy and Bill of rights as enshrined in the Constitution and international bill of rights and other human rights treaties that Uganda is party to. This states that the legal ob-ligation to respect and promote human rights lies with the state, however, it is a duty and obligation of all citizens to promote and protect these rights.


Government shall ensure that the human rights based approach to development is integrated in policies, legislation, plans and programs. This approach will strengthen the capacity of the duty bearers to respect, fulfill and protect human rights; and that of the rights holders to know, claim and realize their rights. Additionally, interventions that will respond to the needs of vulnerable and marginalized groups in society shall be prioritized. Human rights education shall be integrated to develop the capacity of citizens to undertake in-formed participation at all levels in line with the principle of equality and non-discrimination. Measures will be put in place for implementing and monitoring progressive fulfillment of the rights and obligations.



Policies and systems shall be put in place to ensure management of immigration and control of immigration. Additionally, data on population will be regularly updated and a national identification system established to track the demographic changes. Measures to ensure rights of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) are protected will be strengthened. In addition, disaster mitigation and management measures shall be strengthened.


Government in collaboration with the private sector will continue to build the capacity of the media to enable it to meaningfully participate and support the country’s socio-economic transformation. This will entail the development of the media industry, pro-motion of freedom of speech and access to public information.


[Extracted from Uganda: Vision 2040, Pgs. 108 - 109 / Source: NPA]



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