LEGAL PREPAREDNESS FOR DISASTER
The flooding River Nyamwamba has taken away lives, homes, businesses and schools and it is threatening the social fabric of the community of Kasese. The Uganda Law Society commiserates with the People of Kasese. We are committed to ensuring that persons all over the Country, that are suffering as a result of disasters get the right legal assistance to protect their rights as enshrined in the Constitution.
Objective XXIII of the Constitution provides for the institution by the State, of effective machinery for dealing with any hazard or disaster arising out of natural calamities or any situation resulting in general displacement of people or serious disruption of their normal life. Article 249 of the Constitution also provides for creation of, by the State, a Disaster Preparedness and Management Commission for Uganda to deal with both natural and man-made disasters. The Constitution also mandates Parliament to enact laws to provide for the composition and functioning of the Commission.
No disaster preparedness and management laws have been enacted. The Ministry has only National Disaster Preparedness and Manageme...Read More