Those that defy the ordinance will on the first occasion pay a fine not exceeding shillings 20,000 and on the second occasion will lose an operating license and pay a fine not exceeding shillings 40,000.
Kampala Capital City Council Authority -KCCA will terminate the licenses
for bars, discotheques, video and film halls that admit children.
This is contained in a draft
ordinance, titled Kampala Capital City (Prohibition and Prevention of
Gender-Based Violence) Ordinance, 2021.
The draft provides for the prohibition and prevention of and response to gender-based
violence and other related matters in Kampala.
According to the draft, bar, disco, video or film hall
operators are banned from allowing individuals under 18 years from accessing
their premises. Those that defy the ordinance will on the first occasion pay
a fine not exceeding shillings 20,000 and on the second occasion will lose an
operating license and pay a fine not exceeding shillings 40,000.
The ordinance was the main focus during a meeting between Uganda Human Rights
Commission-UHRC and Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA held on Monday in
Some of the councillors led by Mosh Afrikan, the chairperson of KCCA
Council committee on gender and Hellen Namukyaya, the representative for
Makindye East at KCCA, however, noted that the proposed fines are very low.
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Harriet Ityang, the Commissioner First Parliamentary Counsel, says
Councillors should prescribe penalties as guided in the Kampala Capital City
Act, 2014 as amended.
Doreen Nyanjura, the Deputy Lord Mayor says the executive will
present the Bill to the KCCA council by October so that it is processed by the council
and passed by next year.
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Meddie Mulumba, the Acting Chairperson UHRC, noted that the
commission is engaging technical and political leaders in Kampala, Tororo,
Arua, Kyegegwa, Amudat, Kasese and Kitgum to develop ordinances on eliminating
violence against women and girls.
Mulumba says developing the ordinances is being implemented under
the Spot Light Initiative Project, which is being funded by the European
Union and UNDP.
Mulumba says the seven districts were selected because they have
been recording a high number of cases of GBV in Uganda.
The Police Annual Crime Report for 2020 indicated that 17,664 GBV
cases were reported in 2020, compared to 13,603 cases in 2019.
According to Mulumba, UHRC has started discussions with KCCA
leaders on the need to pass the ordinance to help in prevention and also curb
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He asked leaders to sensitize communities to curb GBV.
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Nina Kitui, the Chairperson Gender Committee at Central Division
Council says the ordinance will help victims on where to report and how they
can get help.