Uganda Issues Manual on Access to Information Law

23 August 2012

Uganda’s Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development has published a Manual of Functions and Index of Records for 2012/2013.

“The Manual contains very useful information on information available and how it can be accessed,” according to Gilbert Sendugwa, the Coordinator/Head of Secretariat of the Africa Freedom of Information Centre. Publication of a manual was mandated by the 2005 law.

Sendugwa listed other “notable developments” in recent years. He highlighted: “the issuing of access to information regulations (April 2011), allocation of resources for sensitising the population on the Access to Information Act (July 2011), organising public fora to provide information on budgets, sensitising ministries on ATIA (May 2012) and adoption of Government Communications strategy (2012). “

He said, however, “Although Government had in response to AFIC’s information request of February 2011 promised that Ministers would soon start complying with Section 43 regarding Annual Reporting to Parliament, no single body has complied.

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