Uganda ranked among worst countries in observance of rule of law

A member of the NRM poor youth is dragged by security personnel at the entrance of the US Embassy in Nsambya, a Kampala Suburb during one of their protests over youth unemployment and poverty in the country recently. Photo by Abubaker Lubowa

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The 2015 WJP report released on Tuesday in the United States of America (USA), ranks Uganda at 95th position out of 102 countries sampled globally.

KAMPALA. A new report released by World Justice Project (WJP), has ranked Uganda amongst the worst countries when it comes to observance and upholding of the rule of law.
The 2015 WJP report released on Tuesday in the United States of America (USA), ranks Uganda at 95th position out of 102 countries sampled globally.

The same report ranks Uganda at 15th position out of the 18 countries sampled in the Sub-Saharan Africa and 12th out of 15 low income countries.
Denmark is the top ranked country in the whole world that perfectly observes the rule of law, followed by Norway and Sweden in the second and third place respectively.

Zimbabwe headed by Robert Mugabe, is ranked the worst performer in Africa and the 3rd last in the whole world with Venezuela being the worst ranked in the whole world. Botswana was the top performer in the Sub-Saharan African region.
The Index measures how the rule of law is experienced in everyday life for 102 countries worldwide, with scores and rankings across eight categories.
These categories include; government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice.

The Index relies on over 100,000 household and 2,400 expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced in practical, everyday situations by ordinary people around the world. Performance is assessed using 47 indicators across eight categories, each of which is scored and ranked globally and against regional and income peers.

"Effective rule of law helps reduce corruption, alleviate poverty, improve public health and education, and protect people from injustices and dangers large and small," said William H. Neukom, WJP Founder and CEO. "Wherever we come from, the rule of law can always be strengthened."
The WJP Rule of Law Index is the most comprehensive index of its kind and the only to rely solely on primary data.
Countries measured in the Sub-Saharan Africa region are Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
Others are; South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Efforts to have comments from Attorney General Fredrick Ruhindi or Uganda Law Society president, Ruth Sebatindira, were futile as our repeated calls to them went unanswered.
About World Justice Project (WJP)
The World Justice Project is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law around the world. It engages citizens and leaders from across the globe and from multiple work disciplines to advance the rule of law.


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