GLAMOR AS KATUREEBE RECOGNIZES JUSTICE (JLOS) SECTOR’S BOSSES WHO SERVED WITH DISTINCTION IN 2019
By Mulengera Reporters
Representing Development Partners, the Ugandan legislature, private sector and the 18 sector institutions, stakeholders for the JLOS sector (under which the Justice Law & Order agencies have operated for the last 19 years) on Tuesday 12th November converged at Nsambya-based Mestil Hotel for their annual joint sector review meeting. Chiefly aimed at providing a platform for the Government of Uganda and Development Partners to reflect on the accomplishments and challenges of the preceding 12 months, this year’s review meeting was themed “Empowering the people; building trust & upholding rights.”
According to JLOS Deputy Senior Technical Advisor (M&E) Sam Rogers Wairagala, this was an opportunity to account for the more than Shs1.591trn the sector received from GoU to provide services in the preceding FY. Accounting for 4.4% of the national budget, the Shs1.591trn doesn’t include money from Development Partners whose invaluable contribution a grateful Chief Justice Bart Katureebe confessed had enabled the sector achieve much more.
Speaking at the same review meeting, the Development Partner representatives unanimously agreed it had been a good year for the JLOS institutions with improved performance manifesting in many outcome areas including expanded physical infrastructure, increased access to JLOS services by the public and an improved environment for commercial competitiveness for which even the World Bank recently saluted the JLOS sector leadership (which overall is headed by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe).
RECOGNIZING THE BEST;
Being a great year, the review meeting organizers used the same event to publicly recognize sector leaders, partners and stakeholders that made outstanding contribution all aimed at enhancing service delivery and deepening the public understanding of the sector through communicating insightful news about the 18 JLOS institutions. That is how the Mulengera News team walked away with an award which JLOS Senior Technical Advisor Rachel Odoi-Musoke explained was in recognition of their insightful reporting about sector institutions in the last one year. Editor John V Sserwaniko, accompanied by Transport Officer Badru Ntege, was at hand to receive the award on behalf of Mulengera News from the Chief Justice.
The 18 JLOS institutions (that shared and prudently spent the Shs1.591trn in the period under review) include Gen Kahinda Otafiire’s Ministry of Justice & Constitutional Affairs, the Judiciary, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Gender, Labor & Social Development and Ministry of Local Government. The others are DPP’s Office, Judicial Service Commission, Uganda Human Rights Commission, Uganda Law Reform Commission, Uganda Police Force, Uganda Prisons Services, Directorate of Citizenship & Immigration Control, URSB, Tax Appeals Tribunal, LDC, NIRA, Uganda Law Society and Center for Arbitration & Dispute Resolution. In the recent months, Mulengera News has engaged in very insightful reporting about many of these institutions.
Chief Justice Bart Katureebe got the JLOS life time achievement award (recognizing his long service as AG, MP, CA delegate, CJ etc); Solicitor General Francis Atooke picked the award for being the direct supervisor for Administrator General’s office (which scooped the JLOS excellence award for the prudent administration of the deceased persons’ estates); Uganda Prisons Services got the JLOS customer service award (recognizing it’s customer-centered approach to service delivery); ODPP’s judge-designate Jane Okuo Kajuga & URSB’s Head Communications Provia Nangobi got the JLOS Public Affairs & Media Relations award (recognizing their relentless efforts in leveraging on good media relations to create public awareness about JLOS while promoting the sector’s positive image).
The JLOS members strong achievement award severally went to Uganda Police Force, Office of the DPP, Uganda Prisons Services & the Judiciary which was ably represented by Principal Judge Yerokam Bamwine during the awards-picking ceremony.
Uganda Bankers Association (UBA whose members are bitter their Shs3trn continues being held up in Commercial Court’s 1000s of yet to be resolved commercial disputes) got the JLOS relationship & collaboration award for spearheading the building of bridges, relationships and partnerships with academia, CSOs and other useful stakeholders. UBA’s able CEO Willbroad Owor was at hand to receive the award from the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe.
Masindi district emerged the best LG for excelling in having the best-coordinated, communicated and cooperated upon JLOS (3Cs) activities in Uganda this year and an excited delegation of three faced the CJ and picked the award.
Three personalities (namely LDC Deputy Director Florence Nakachwa Dollo, ULRC’s Vastina Rukimirana Nsanze & Betty Tukutendereze) jointly took the JLOS Long Service Award in recognition of their long consistent service to the sector. Whereas the other two have served at LDC and ULRC for all the years JLOS has existed since November 1999, Ms Tukutendereze has worked in the JLOS Secretariat (now housed at Bauman House) for the last 19 years without break. Watch out for more insightful reporting from the JLOS review meeting. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0703164755 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).