Article 247-257 Uganda Constitution 1995

National Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy Preamble Article 1-4 [Chapter 1 – The Constitution] Article 5-8A [Chapter 2 – The Republic] Article 9-19 [Chapter 3 – Citizenship] Article 20 (Fundamental and other human rights and freedoms) Article 21 (Equality and freedom from discrimination) Article 22 (Protection of right to life) Article 23 (Protection of personal liberty) Article 24 (Respect for human dignity and protection from inhuman treatment) Article 25 (Protection from slavery, servitude and forced labour) Article 26 (Protection from deprivation of property) Article 27 (Right to privacy of person, home and other property) Article 28 (Right to a fair hearing) Article 29 (Protection of freedom of conscience, expression, movement, religion, assembly and association) Article 30 (Right to education) Article 31 (Rights of the family) Article 32 (Affirmative action in favour of marginalised groups) Article 33 (Rights of women) Article 34 (Rights of children) Article 35 (Rights of persons with disabilities) Article 36 (Protection of rights of minorities) Article 37 (Right to culture and similar rights) Article 38 (Civic rights and activities) Article 39 (Right to a clean and healthy environment) Article 40 (Economic rights) Article 41 (Right of access to information) Article 42 (Right to just and fair treatment in administrative decisions) Article 43 (General limitation on fundamental and other human rights and freedoms) Article 44 (Prohibition of derogation from particular human rights and freedoms) Article 45 (Human rights and freedoms additional to other rights) Article 46-49 (Human Rights and Freedoms During a State of Emergency) Article 50 (Enforcement of Rights and Freedoms by Courts) Article 51-58 (Uganda Human Rights Commission) Article 59 (Right to vote) Article 60-68 (Electoral Commission) Article 69-76 (Political Systems & General) Article 77-87A (Establishment Composition and Functions of Parliament) Article 88-97 (Procedure of Parliament & General) Article 98-110 (The President) Article 111-119A (The Cabinet) Article 120-125 Article 126-136 Article 137-145 Article 146-151 Article 152-160 [FINANCE – General] Article 161-164 [Central Bank of Uganda & Auditor-General] Article 165-175 [Chapter 10 – The Public Service] Article 176-189 Article 190-200 Article 201-207 Article 208-217 Article 218-222 Article 223-232 [Chapter 13 – Inspectorate of Government] Article 233-236 [Chapter 14 – Leadership Code of Conduct] Article 237-245 [Chapter 15 – Leadership Code of Conduct] Article 246 [Chapter 16 – Institution of traditional or cultural leaders] Article 247-257 Article 258-262 (Amendment of the Constitution) Article 263-274 Article 275-288 Article 289-294 First Schedule Second Schedule Third Schedule Forth Schedule Fifth Schedule Sixth Schedule Seventh Schedule

Article 247-257 Uganda Constitution 1995

Article 247 to 257 of the Uganda Constitution 1995 are under Chapter 17 of the Constitution. Chapter 17 is titled ‘General and Miscellaneous‘.

Article 247 Uganda Constitution

Administration of estates

Parliament shall—
(a) by law establish an efficient, fair and expeditious machinery for the administration and management of the estates of deceased persons; and
(b) under the law referred to in paragraph (a) of this article, ensure that the services of the department or organisation established for the purpose are decentralised and accessible to all persons who
may reasonably require those services and that the interests of all beneficiaries are adequately protected.

Article 248 Uganda Constitution

Law Reform Commission

(1) There shall be a Law Reform Commission for Uganda the composition and functions of which shall be prescribed by Parliament by law.
(2) The Law Reform Commission established under clause (1) of this article shall publish periodic reports on its findings and submit annual reports to Parliament.

Article 249 Uganda Constitution

Disaster Preparedness and Management Commission

(1) There shall be a Disaster Preparedness and Management Commission for Uganda to deal with both natural and man-made disasters.
(2) Parliament shall, for the purposes of this article, prescribe the composition, functions and procedure for implementation of the functions of the commission.

See also  Article 190-200 Uganda Constitution 1995

Article 250 Uganda Constitution

Legal proceedings by or against the Government

(1) Where a person has a claim against the Government, that claim may be enforced as a right by proceedings taken against the Government for that purpose.
(2) Civil proceedings by or against the Government shall be instituted by or against the Attorney General; and all documents required to be served on the Government for the purpose of or in connection with those proceedings shall be served on the Attorney General.
(3) Parliament may by law make provision for the purposes of clause (1) of this article.
(4) In the title of any criminal proceedings, the prosecution shall be designated by the word “Uganda”.

Article 251 Uganda Constitution

Performance of functions of commissions and authorities

(1) Any commission or authority established by this Constitution may, subject to the provisions of this Constitution, regulate its own procedure or confer powers or impose duties on any officer or authority of the Government for the purpose of discharging its functions.
(2) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, any decision of any commission or authority established by this Constitution shall require the concurrence of a majority of all its members; and it may act notwithstanding the absence of any member or any vacancy in the office of a member.
(3) In this article, “commission or authority” includes a council and a committee of the commission or authority.

Article 252 Uganda Constitution

Resignations

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this Constitution, any person who is appointed or elected to any office established by this Constitution may resign from that office by writing signed by that person addressed to the person or authority by whom he or she was appointed or elected.
(2) The resignation of a person from any office established by this Constitution shall take effect in accordance with the terms on which that person was appointed or, if there are no such terms, when the writing signifying the resignation is received by the person or authority to whom it is addressed or by any person authorised by that person or authority to receive it.
(3) For the purposes of clause (1) of this article, “office” includes the office of—
(a) the Vice President;
(b) the Speaker and Deputy Speaker;
(c) a Minister;
(d) the Attorney General;
(e) a member of Parliament;
(f) a member of any commission, authority, council or committee established by this Constitution; and
(g) a public officer.
(4) Subject to the provisions of this article, Parliament may make laws providing for the resignation of persons holding offices established by this Constitution not provided for in this article.

Article 253 Uganda Constitution

Reappointments and concurrent appointments

(1) Where any person has vacated an office established by this Constitution, that person may, if qualified, again be appointed or elected to hold that office in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.
(2) Where a power is conferred by this Constitution on any person to make any appointment to any office, he or she may appoint a person to that office even while another person holds the office, when that other person is on leave of absence pending the relinquishment of the office.
(3) Where two or more persons hold the same office by reason of an appointment made by virtue of clause (2) of this article, then, for the purposes of any function conferred on the holder of that office, the person last appointed shall be taken to be the sole holder of that office.

Article 254 Uganda Constitution

Pension

(1) A public officer shall, on retirement, receive such pension as is commensurate with his or her rank, salary and length of service.
(2) The pension payable to any person shall be exempt from tax and shall be subject to periodic review to take account of changes in the value of money.
(3) The payment of pension shall be prompt and regular and easily accessible to pensioners.

Article 255 Uganda Constitution

Referenda generally

See also  Article 43 Uganda Constitution 1995

(1) Parliament shall by law make provision for the right of citizens to demand the holding by the Electoral Commission of a referendum, whether national or in any particular part of Uganda, on any issue.
(2) Parliament shall also make laws to provide for the holding of a referendum by the Electoral Commission upon a reference by the Government of any contentious matter to a referendum.
(3) Where a referendum is held under this article, the result of the referendum shall be binding on all organs and agencies of the state and on all persons and organizations in Uganda.

(4) A referendum to which clause (3) applies, shall not affect –
a. the fundamental and other human rights and freedoms guaranteed under Chapter Four of this Constitution;
b. the power of the courts to question the validity of the referendum.

Article 256 Uganda Constitution

Manner of administering oaths

The oaths specified in the Fourth Schedule to this Constitution shall be administered in a manner prescribed by law.

Article 257 Uganda Constitution

Interpretation

(1) In this Constitution, unless the context otherwise requires—
(a) “Act of Parliament” means a law made by Parliament;
(b) “article” means an article of this Constitution;
(c) “child” means a person under the age of eighteen years;
(d) “court” means a court of judicature established by or under the authority of this Constitution;
(e) “Court of Appeal” means the Court of Appeal of Uganda;
(f) “district” means a district referred to in article 5 of this Constitution;
(g) “district council” means a district council established under article 180 of this Constitution;
(h) “education service” means any part of the public service established as the education service by Parliament by law in conformity with this Constitution;
(i) “financial year” means the period of twelve months ending on the thirtieth day of June in any year or such other day as Parliament may by law prescribe;
(j) “functions” includes powers and duties;
(k) “Gazette” means The Uganda Gazette and includes any supplement of that Gazette;
(l) “Government” means the Government of Uganda;
(m) “health service” means any part of the public service established as the health service by Parliament by law in conformity with this Constitution;
(n) “High Court” means the High Court of Uganda;
(o) “judgment” includes a decision, an order or decree of the court;
(p) “judicial power” means the power to dispense justice among persons and between persons and the State under the laws of Uganda;
(q) “Leadership Code of Conduct” means the Leadership Code of Conduct established under Chapter Fourteen of this Constitution;
(r) “local government council” means a council referred to in article 180 of this Constitution;
(s) “Minister” means a Minister of the Government and includes a Minister of State and a Deputy Minister;
(t) “oath of allegiance” means an oath of allegiance prescribed by this Constitution;
(u) “Parliament” means the Parliament of Uganda;
(v) “President” means the President of Uganda;
(w) “public office” means an office in the public service;
(x) “public officer” means a person holding or acting in any public office;
(y) “public service” means service in a civil capacity of the Government or of a local government;
(z) “session” means a series of meetings of Parliament within a
period of twelve months;
(aa) “sitting” includes a period during which Parliament is continuously sitting without adjournment and a period during which it is in committee;
(bb) “Speaker” means the Speaker of Parliament and “Deputy Speaker” shall be construed accordingly;
(cc) “subordinate court” means a court subordinate to the High Court;
(dd) “Supreme Court” means the Supreme Court of Uganda;
(ee) “Uganda” means the Republic of Uganda.

See also  Article 88-97 Uganda Constitution 1995

(2) In this Constitution—
(a) unless the context otherwise requires, a reference to an office in the public service includes—
(i) a reference to the office of Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice, Principal Judge, a justice of the Supreme Court or a justice of Appeal, or a judge of the High Court and the office of a member of any other court of law established by or under the authority of this Constitution, other than a court martial, being an office the emoluments of which are paid directly from the Consolidated Fund or directly out of monies provided by Parliament; and
(ii) a reference to the office of a member of the Uganda Police Force, the Uganda Prisons Service, the education service and the health service;
(b) a reference to an office in the public service does not include a reference to the office of the President, the Vice President, the Speaker or Deputy Speaker, a Minister, the Attorney General, a
member of Parliament or a member of any commission, authority, council or committee established by this Constitution.

(3) In this Constitution unless the context otherwise requires, a reference to the holder of an office by the term designating that office includes a reference to any person for the time being lawfully acting in or performing the functions of that office.

(4) For the purposes of this Constitution, a person shall not be considered as holding a public office by reason only of the fact that that person is in receipt of a pension or similar allowance in respect of service under the Government.
(5) The power to remove a public officer from office includes the power to require or permit that officer to retire from public service; except that nothing in this clause confers on any person or authority power to require the retirement of a person holding a public office for which the method of retirement or removal is specifically provided for by this Constitution.
(6) Any provision in this Constitution that vests in any person or authority power to remove a public officer from office shall not prejudice the power of any person or authority to abolish any office or any law providing for the compulsory retirement of public officers generally or any class of
public officer on attaining an age specified in that law.

(7) Where power is vested by this Constitution in any person or authority to appoint any person to act in or perform the functions of any office if the holder of the office is unable to perform those functions, no such appointment shall be called in question on the ground that the holder of the office was able to perform those functions.

(8) Where any power is conferred by this Constitution to make any statutory instrument or rule, or pass any resolution, or give any direction, the power shall be construed as including the power, exercisable in like manner, to amend or revoke any such statutory instrument, rule, resolution or
direction.

(9) In this Constitution, references to the amendment of any of the provisions of this Constitution or any Act of Parliament include references to the alteration, modification or reenactment, with or without amendment or modification of that provision, the suspension or repeal of that provision and
the making of a different provision in place of that provision.

(10) In this Constitution, unless the context otherwise requires—
(a) words referring to natural persons include a reference to corporations;
(b) words in the singular include the plural, and words in the plural include the singular;
(c) words directing or empowering a public officer to do any act or thing, or otherwise applying to that officer by the designation of the office of that person, include the successors in office and all
deputies and other assistants of that person.

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