Laws in Uganda


Parliament’s main function is to make laws. A proposed law or a proposal to change an existing law that is presented for debate before Parliament is called “a Bill”. In Uganda, there are two types of Bills; Government Bills and Private Members’ Bills. When passed by Parliament and assented to by the President, the Bill becomes an Act of Parliament. Therefore, an Act of Parliament creates a new law or changes existing law.  Where the President is dissatisfied with the decision of Parliament, they may return the Bill to Parliament to review certain provisions. If not, the President then signifies their assent, and the processes of gazetting the Act are done putting it into effect the day it is signed.