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   1.   Application.


   2.   Definitions.

   3.   Grammatical variations, gender and number.

   4.   References to holders of office.

   5.   References to "the President".

   6.   References to "the United Kingdom Parliament".

   7.   References to "the Minister" and "the Treasury".

   8.   General references to written law.

   9.   Particular references to written law.


   10.   Repeal and substitution.

   11.   Repeal to include repeal of amendments.

   12.   Effect of repeal on statutory instruments.

   13.   Effect of repeal.


   14.   Definition of statutory instrument.

   15.   Citation of a statutory instrument.

   16.   Publication of statutory instruments.

   17.   Commencement of statutory instruments.

   18.   General provisions relating to statutory instruments.

   19.   Publication of specified instruments.

   20.   Reprint of amended instruments.


   21.   Exercise of power between publication and commencement of an Act.

   22.   Time for exercise of power.

   23.   Implied power.

   24.   Power to appoint includes power to remove.

   25.   Power to appoint member of board, etc. temporarily.

   26.   Power to appoint chairperson, etc.

   27.   Appointment by name or office.

   28.   Power of majority.

   29.   Law officers.

   30.   Powers of certain bodies not affected by vacancy, etc.

   31.   Exercise of Minister's power.


   32.   Distance.

   33.   Time.

   34.   Computation of time, etc.

   35.   Service by post.

   36.   Disposal of forfeits, etc.

   37.   Penalties prescribed to be maximum penalties.

   38.   Penalty under a statutory instrument.

   39.   Provision as to offences under two or more laws.

   40.   Evidence of signature of Attorney General or Director of Public Prosecutions.

   41.   Saving of rights of Government.

   42.   Acts for benefits of particular persons.

   43.   Deviation from form.

   44.   Fees.

   45.   Power to issue licences, etc. subject to conditions.

   46.   Change in designation of public office.

   47.   Power to appoint substantively pending retirement, etc. of existing holder.

   48.   Ex officio proceedings not to abate on death, etc.



Commencement: 23 July, 1976.

   An Act to amend and consolidate the law relating to the construction and interpretation of Acts of Parliament, to regulate certain other matters relating to Acts of Parliament and to statutory powers and duties, and to make general provisions for purposes connected with or similar to the purposes aforesaid.




1.   Application.

   (1) Subject to this section, this Act shall apply—

   (a)   for the construction and interpretation of, and otherwise in relation to, all Acts of Parliament (including this Act and Acts enacted before the commencement of this Act);

   (b)   for the construction and interpretation of statutory instruments and specified instruments (including instruments made before the commencement of this Act); and

   (c)   in all other cases where its provisions are relevant and capable of being applied.

   (2) Where—

   (a)   it is expressly provided that this Act or any provision of it shall not apply; or

   (b)   there is something in the subject or context inconsistent with the application of this Act or any provisions of it,

this Act or that provision of it, as the case may be, shall not apply.

   (3) This Act shall not apply for the construction or interpretation of the constitutional instruments or an applied law.




2.   Definitions.

   The following words and expressions shall have the meanings hereafter assigned to them respectively—

   (a)   "Act" or "Act of Parliament" used with reference to legislation means a law made by Parliament;

   (b)   "act" used with reference to an offence or civil wrong includes a series of acts, and words which refer to acts done extend to illegal omissions;

   (c)   "administrative officer" means a resident district commissioner and any public officer or class of public officers declared by the Minister by statutory order to be an administrative officer or administrative officers;

   (d)   "advocate" means a person entitled to practise as such in Uganda under the law for the time being in force;

   (e)   "aircraft" includes every description of craft used in aerial navigation;

   (f)   "amend" includes repeal, revoke, rescind, cancel, replace, add to or vary and the doing of any two or more of those things simultaneously or in the same written law;

   (g)   "applied law" means an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom or an Order in Council or other legislative instrument made thereunder otherwise than by an authority in Uganda (excluding the constitutional instruments), which has effect in Uganda;

   (h)   "Attorney General" means the Attorney General of Uganda;

   (i)   "Cabinet" means the Cabinet constituted under article 111 of the Constitution;

   (j)   "calendar year" means a period of 12 months ending on the 31st"> December;

   (k)   "cent" means a cent in the currency of Uganda;

   (l)   "coin" means any coin legally current in Uganda;

   (m)   "commencement" used with reference to any Act means the date on which the Act comes into force;

   (n)   "common law" means the common law of England;

   (o)   "Common Services Organisation" means the former East African Common Services Organisation;

   (p)   "Commonwealth" includes any independent country of the Commonwealth and any dependency of that country and the Republic of Ireland;

   (q)   "community" means the former East African Community established by article 1 of the Treaty for East African Co-operation set out in the Schedule to the former East African Community Act;

   (r)   "Consolidated Fund" means the Consolidated Fund of Uganda;

   (s)   "Constitution" means the Constitution of Uganda as by law established;

   (t)   "constitutional instruments" means the Uganda Independence Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and the Constitution;

   (u)   "contravene" in relation to any requirement or condition prescribed in any Act of Parliament, or in any grant, permit, lease, licence or authority granted by or under any Act includes a failure to comply with that requirement or condition;

   (v)   "court" means a court of competent jurisdiction in Uganda;

   (w)   "Court of Appeal" means the Court of Appeal of Uganda established under article 129 of the Constitution;

   (x)   "Deputy Speaker" means the Deputy Speaker of Parliament;

   (y)   "district" means a district of Uganda;

   (z)   "East Africa" means Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda;

   (aa)   "East African Authority" means the former East African Authority established by article 46 of the former Treaty for East African Co-operation;

   (bb)   "East African Legislative Assembly" means the East African Legislative Assembly of the Community;

   (cc)   "enactment" includes any provision contained in any Act;

   (dd)   "financial year" means the period of 12 months ending on the 30th day of June in any year, or any other period declared by the President to be the financial year;

   (ee)   "foreign service officer" means a person holding or acting in an office in the foreign service of Uganda;

   (ff)   "Gazette" means The Uganda Gazette (including an

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