WestNileNet Digest, Vol 113, Issue 3
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anguyo milton
2018-01-17 14:25:08 UTC
Dear Charles, I take interest in the law,especially how it impacts on me as an individual in everyday life and as a professional in my field of specilization and because of this it has given a wide insight into several aspects of our laws and though I am not a lawyer, my civic responsibilities have enabled me try to understand our laws and in this respect let me attempt to answer some of your questions:

Does anyone know whether the accompanying regulations and policies are in place to help/guide the civil servants implementing the law?

The policies and regulations are in place in the law. As regards civil servants, the Uganda Civil Service Standing Orders apply. There're other statutory instruments such as the UPDF Act, Police Act,etc which I believe would provide the authorities for members of such services and how they relate to your original query regarding births/deaths.People wishing to get employed may be required to proove they are citizens by showing their national identity cards. In banks,hospitals,etc you may be asked to prove your nationality status before receiving a service.

1.Is there any massive citizen education taking place to inform citizens of the mandatory aspects of this law?

NIRA has been carrying out campaigns,via media to encourage citizens to get national ID cards.

2.Do we know if this is already taking place? Are births / deaths being registered in the District? How is this taking place in the villages?

This is taking place; under the law it is compulsory to register briths and deaths.The law also provides for designation of registration centers in Uganda and abroad.For birth, a birth certificate is issued and for deaths, a death certificate is issued after payment of statutory fees, it is not free. The law also provides for the use of polling centers created by the electoral commission or any other means to access persons to be registered. In the past, NIRA has used the data collected from polling stations for the national indentification register.The information on births and deaths are also available in hospitals near villages and I believe these medical facilities convey the particulars to the relevant authorities. There're other practical aspects that may be a challenge for example if someone dies at home and is burried without fulfilling the statutory death registration and the registrar of deaths and births may be handicapped in similar cases for an accurate register.

3.Who determines the cause of death?

According to the law:

i.In the case of a death occurring in Uganda of any person who has been attended during the person’s last illness by a medical officer,the medical officer shall sign a certificate stating to the best of the medical officer’s knowledge and belief the cause of death.

ii.Subject to the Inquest Act, where an inquest is held on the body of a deceased person, the Magistrate holding the inquest shall forward to the registration officer a certified copy of such finding and upon receipt of such report, shall cause the particulars of such death to be entered in the register in the prescribed manner.

iii.Where it is proved that a person has not been seen and has not been heard of for seven years by those who might be expected to have seen or heard of the person if the person were alive, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that the person is dead.

iv.A medical officer who refuses or fails without reasonable cause to comply with any of the provisions of this section commits an offence and is liable, on conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding twenty four currency points or both.

v.The information contained in a certificate of death issued under this Act is presumed to be correct and it may be received as evidence in any judicial proceedings.

Milton Anguyo


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Thanks you Driliga and Winfred Adukule
for your quick response to my
request for the Birth Registration Act.
Much appreciated!

Happy New Year to you both!

Interesting piece of legislation
modeled after another international

I notice the Act came into force on 26
Mar 2015 which is the date the
President of the Republic gave his

Does anyone know whether the
accompanying regulations  and policies are in
place to help/guide the civil servants
implementing the law?

Is there any massive citizen education
taking place to inform citizens of
the mandatory aspects of this law?

For example:

Part V ? Registration of Births

1.      Article 28 ?
Compulsory registration of births ? Subject to this
Act, registration of every birth within
Uganda is free and compulsory.

Part Vi ? Registration of Deaths

2.      Article 41 ?
Compulsory registration of births ? Subject to this
Act, registration of every death within
Uganda is free and compulsory.

Part VIII ?Compulsory Registration

3.      Article
54  S1 ? The following persons shall register with the

a.      Citizens of
Uganda resident in or outside Uganda..  WOW ? Citizens
residing outside Uganda???

4.      Art 57 ?
Cancellation of registration?

5.      S1 The
Authority shall cancel the registration of a person where a
person has ceased under the law 
to be a citizen of Uganda?. WOW!!!

Do we know if this is already taking
place? Are births / deaths being
registered in the District?

How is this taking place in the

Who determines the cause of death?

There are certainly many holes in the
law but this can be fixed through
amendments to the specific 
articles and sections that need the changes.

For example :

Part V: Article 29 Registration of
Birth Section 2?Upon registration of a
birth by a registration officer, the
Authority will allocate a National
Identification Number to a child as a
citizen of Uganda or Alien
Identification Number to a child
identified as an alien ? OH my FOOT!!!
Should any child born on Ugandan soil
NOT be automatically a Ugandan
citizen??? If the Americans had
insisted that President Obama be given his
father?s nationality, he would never
have become President of the USA OR
ANY OTHER COUNTRY !! Or former Chairman
of the joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin
Powell would never assent to the top
post in the US military if he was
given his immigrant father's
nationality not the USA citizenship he was
given by virtue of being born on
American soil! Or worse still NO black
American or Canadian would be an
American or Canadian or Europen country
citizen because one or both of the
parents would still be considered an

Part V:  Art 32 Section 2a?
requirement for  weight or disability at birth?
who takes the weight of children in
village births?

Or in Section 2b) level of education,
profession or occupation of mother
and previous births?? What has this
information got to do with the fact
that a child is born? This is
irrelevant information!!!

Ditto for father in S2c.

Part VI, Art 44 Section 4 : A death
shall not be registered after the
expiration of 3 months from the death
except upon the applicant complying
with such requirements as may be
provided for in regulations ?


And what do the regulations say.

Everyone? please find the time to read
this Law?easy read -- only 57 pages.
Lots of good information there but I
believe a lot more needs to be done to
ensure every everyone in Uganda knows
the significance of this piece of
legislation. Would love to hear your
reactions to the law, especially from
those of who have had babies born or a
relative die on or after March 26 ?
the day when the law entered into
force. Do you know about the law? Have
taken steps to register a child born to
you after March 26?




*From:* Charles Male [mailto:***@gmail.com]
*Sent:* Monday, January 15, 2018 9:21
*To:* Mal?, Charles <***@tbs-sct.gc.ca>
*Subject:* Fwd: Registration of persons
Act 2015

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From: "Diliga Richard" <***@gmail.com>
Date: Jan 15, 2018 8:16 AM
Subject: Registration of persons Act
To: <***@gmail.com>

Happy new year
I have seen someone requesting for this
act on kobokonet and i did not
figure it well whether is you or
another Charles
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