With the recent country wide shut down of the internet by the government we move to examine the legal implication of the internet shutdown.
The right to Internet access, also known as the right to broadband or freedom to connect, is the view that all people must be able to access the Internet in order to exercise and enjoy their rights to freedom of expression and opinion and other fundamenta
In July 2016, the United Nations declared access to the Internet to be a human right vide resolution A/HRC/32/L.20. An addition was made to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), that provides; “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to...seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media...” How
House arrest involves confinement of a person to his/her home or another specified location instead of incarceration in a jail or prison. House arrest may take on various forms such as curfew restrictions, home confinement/home incarceration, surrender of one's passport; among others.
Despite the fact that house arrests are not provided for under the law, Police in Uganda usually rely on Sec
In order for one to make a valid will, he or she should have the capacity to make the will, meaning that he or she should be an adult (18 and above); and should be of sound mind at the time of making the will (not insane, drunk, too sick or too old to understand what he or she is doing).
In determination of capacity, consideration is given to whether the person making the will (testator) know
Children have the right to give evidence in courts of law. Our criminal laws are specifically concerned with children of tender years who are 14 years and below. When a child is presented to give evidence in court, court has to establish whether the child understands the duty of telling the truth and has the necessary intelligence to remember and recollect facts. This procedure is termed as
In many instances, clients approach lawyers wanting to institute suits without understanding what the process entails. The foundation of every civil lawsuit starts with a defined injury or loss which constitute a cause of action.
A cause of action is a fact or combination of facts that give(s) a person the right to seek judicial redress or relief against another person; and the elements belo
All persons with legal capacity can sue and be sued. Legal capacity refers to the right or ability under the law to be able to engage in a particular undertaking. Legal capacity is generally determined by age and mental status. Therefore a person intending to sue should be an adult (18 years and above); and of sound mind. The law may also prescribe other circumstances under which a person may sue
Interesting innovations have been formed by various organisations to ease access to justice. To mention but a few these include the following:
The Podcasts by Legal Hub Uganda. Through those podcasts, they are able to use various media channels su ch as radio stations and social media to explain in brief the very complex legal terminologies for the benefit of the public.
Traffic officers are not allowed to get and keep your license, they are only allowed to get your details off it. You are not required to have a category (professional driving permit) if you are driving a vehicle for private use.
If you do not have your licence on you, no police officer is allowed to charge you on the spot. You should be given time to produce it.
Accord8ng to Uganda's Constitution, every person is entitled to ownership of property. This implies that, no matter the age, all persons are entitled to ownership of all interests in land which include, Mailo, freehold, customary land and leasehold interest.
Non Ugandans however can only own land in leasehold interest and not any other.. this implies that they cannot own land in perpetuity.
With the recent out break of the global pandemic of COVID 19, many countries in the world over are trying there best to control the spread and minimize the devastating impact of the pandemic on human lives and the economy.
With respect to Uganda, there has been among other things, the putting in place of the Public Health (Control of Covid 19) rules of 2020 by the minister of health.
Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) refers to any act that is perpetrated against a person’s will and is based on gender norms and unequal power relationships.
It encompasses threats of violence and coercion. It can be physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual in nature, and can take the form of a denial of resources or access to services. It inflicts harm on women, girls, men a
There have been controversies in clearly defining matrimonial property in Uganda's context but there have been attempts to outline what it constitutes.
In the case of Muwanga v Kintu (1997), Bbosa J noted that matrimonial property is understood differently by different people, but the property to which each spouse should be entitled is that property which the parties chose to call home and wh
There is a legal requirement under S.39 of the Land Act for spousal consent to be obtained before any dealings in matrimonial property. This is because the law guarantees the spouse a right to have access to, and live on family land hence the spouse has a right to give or withhold his or her consent to any such transaction.
Therefore any sell, exchange, mortgage, lease or transfer of family l
A report published by APC titled “End violence: women’s rights and safety online”, points out that technology related violence includes acts or behaviors that cause mental or physical harm or suffering. This has been normalized as part of people's online interactions.
Although not often highlighted as such, technology related violence is a form of GBV and falls within the de
Lately, many nations have been bombarded by the rising cases of corruption. This vice has hindered lots of progress with public funds swindled and channeled away from their intended use to satisfy people’s selfish interests.
Notably, it is the persons positions of authority who are put to task with corruption mainly monitored at higher levels; and we forget the role that the "common pe
During this period where many businesses and places of worship have closed down, many couples have found the need to have their weddings celebrated in unlicensed places.
The safest way to celebrate such weddings however, is to obtain special licenses, they should in addition to the usual requirements, prove to the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs that there is no lawful impedim