The government has said the construction of the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) House will save government about Shs25b in rent per year.
The ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the JLOS House, which will house all government agencies offering justice, was held on Friday at Naguru in Kampala.
The acting minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Wilson Muruli Mukasa, said upon completion, JLOS House shall enable the government to provide public services in a cost effective and responsive manner.
“For example, a person following up a criminal complaint shall be able to interact with the police, the office of the DPP and the court within the same complex. This is in line with our goal of reducing the cost of accessing public services through cutting public costs of accessing our services,” the minister said.
“Upon completion, the JLOS House, a one-stop centre, shall provide customised accommodation for front-line JLOS institutions with 60,040 square meters of office space and parking for over 2,300 vehicles at a cost of Shs256b. in the grand scheme of things, this project shall save the government of Uganda and the tax payer, a substantial amount of operational funds annually spent on rent estimated at USD6.9 million,” he added.
The facility which will have three blocks with11 floors, is expected to be completed within 49 months. The buildings will be on a five acre piece of land.
Internal Affairs minister Gen Kahinda Otafiire, whose speech was read by the permanent secretary, Lt Gen Joseph Musanyufu, said the JLOS House project was conceived primarily to provide permanent accommodation for the institutions under JLOS.
“This landmark project will bring us closer together as institutions responsible for access to justice and law and order. It is an opportunity for us to renew our partnership and collaboration as we grow in the governance and security program,” he said.
He also called upon the contractor/ consultant to ensure that they complete the project on time.
“The demand for the facility is high and the potential it brings for the growth of this part of the city is clear. I confirm our full support to this project on behalf of the ministry of Internal Affairs and look forward to the successful completion of this project,” Otafiire said.
The project consultant is Symbion U Ltd while the constructor is Seyani Brothers and Company Ltd.
The justice institutions that will have their offices housed under the JLOS House include; Justice ministry, Internal Affairs ministry, High Court, office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Uganda prisons, Uganda Law Reform Commission, Uganda Human Rights Commission and Tax Appeals Tribunal.
Others are; Judicial Service Commission, Center for Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Uganda Registration Services Bureau, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) and the Jlos secretariat.