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OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   Section

   1.   Interpretation.

   2.   Acts prejudicial to the State.

   3.   Address of agent of foreign power.

   4.   Wrongful communication, etc. of information.

   5.   Unauthorised use of uniforms, etc.

   6.   Interfering with officers of the police or members of the armed forces.

   7.   Production of telegrams.

   8.   Harbouring spies.

   9.   Attempts, incitements, etc.

   10.   Arrest without warrant.

   11.   Search warrants.

   12.   Consent to prosecutions.

   13.   Trials of offences committed outside Uganda.

   14.   Place of offence.

   15.   Penalties.

CHAPTER 302
OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT.

Commencement: 30 December, 1964.

   An Act relating to State security.

 

1.   Interpretation.

   (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   (a)   "agent of a foreign power" includes any person who is or has been or is reasonably suspected of being or having been employed by a foreign power either directly or indirectly for the purpose of committing an act whether within or without Uganda prejudicial to the safety or interests of Uganda or who has or is reasonably suspected of having either within or without Uganda committed or attempted to commit such an act in the interests of a foreign power; prejudicial to the safety or interests of Uganda or who has or is reasonably suspected of having either within or without Uganda committed or attempted to commit such an act in the interests of a foreign power;

   (b)   "document" includes part of a document;

   (c)   "magistrate" means a chief magistrate;

   (d)   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for internal security;

   (e)   "model" includes design, pattern and specimen;

   (f)   "munitions of war" means arms, ammunition, implements or munitions of war, army, naval or air stores or any articles deemed capable of being converted into, or made useful in the production of them;

   (g)   "offence under this Act" includes any act, omission or other thing that is punishable under this Act;

   (h)   "office under the Government" includes any office or employment in or under any Ministry, department or branch of the Government and any office or employment in, on or under any board, commission, corporation or other body that is an agent of the Government;

   (i)   "official document" includes a passport, any naval, army, air force, police or official pass, permit, certificate, licence or other document of a similar character;

   (j)   "prohibited place" means—

      (i)   any work of defence belonging to or occupied or used by or on behalf of the Government, including arsenals, naval, army or air force establishments or stations, factories, dockyards, mines, minefields, camps, ships, aircraft, telegraph, telephone, wireless or signal stations or offices, and places used for the purpose of building, repairing, making or storing any munitions of war or any sketches, plans, models, or documents relating to them, or for the purposes of getting any metals, oil or minerals for use in time of war;

      (ii)   any place not belonging to Uganda where any munitions of war or any sketches, models, plans or documents relating to them, are being made, repaired, gotten or stored under contract with, or with any person acting on behalf of the Government;

      (iii)   any place that is for the time being declared by statutory instrument by the Minister to be a prohibited place on the ground that information with respect to it or damage to it would be useful to a foreign power;

   (k)   "sketch'' includes any mode of representing any place or thing.

   (2) For the purposes of this Act—

   (a)   expressions referring to communicating or receiving include any communicating or receiving, whether in whole or in part, and whether the sketch, plan, model, article, note, document or information itself or its substance, effect or description only is communicated or received;

   (b)   expressions referring to obtaining or retaining any sketch, plan, model, article, note or document include copying or causing to be copied the whole or any part of any sketch, plan, model, article, note or document; and

   (c)   expressions referring to the communication of any sketch, plan, model, article, note or document include the transfer or transmission of the sketch, plan, model, article, note or document.

 

2.   Acts prejudicial to the State.

   (1) Any person who, for any purpose prejudicial to the safety or interests of the territories of Uganda—

   (a)   approaches, inspects, passes over, or is in the neighbourhood of, or enters any prohibited place;

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