The Minister of Security Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi has launched the governance and security report, the second performance report under the governance and security program strategic plan on December 20th, 2022.
The governance and security program brings together government agencies responsible for upholding the rule of law, ensuring security, maintaining law and order, public policy governance, administration of justice, and promoting human rights, accountability, and transparency.
Gen. Muhwezi, who was representing Prime Minister Rt Hon Robinah Nabanjja, said that the government agencies have for a long time been working in silos which have undermined its initiatives despite the time and resources invested.
“Now, more than ever before, government agencies are committed to working as a team to promote governance and security capacity at all levels of government and private sector levels,” Minister Muhwezi said.
Jacob Oboth Oboth, the Minister of Defence, in his presentation at the inaugural review of the governance and security report, acknowledged the support from the development partners and thanked them for contributing to the national development plan three (NDPIII) and strengthening the role of the state in development.
“On behalf of the program leadership, management structures, and instructions, we reaffirm our joint commitment to building an integrated people-centered governance and security delivery system for economic and social transformation,” Minister Oboth remarked.
Shirlene Nalubwama, the gender coordinator at the British high commission, called for a more friendly justice and prosecution environment, especially in sex and gender-based violence if government agencies are determined to promote good governance and security.
The governance and security program that brings together 33 government agencies has six sub-programs active in the democratic process, policy and legislation processes, access to justice, refugee protection and immigration management, security and anti-corruption, and accountability.
In his closing remarks, Minister Muhwezi tasked the program secretariat to strengthen adherence to the rule of law and build the capacity of the existing internal and external security agencies for a peaceful and developed Uganda.