U
Log in

Login to your account

Username *
Password *
Remember Me

 



UGANDA CITIZENSHIP ACT.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS.

   Section

PART I
INTERPRETATION.

   1.   Interpretation.

PART II
REGISTRATION AND NATURALISATION.

   2.   Registration of Commonwealth citizens, citizens of the Republic of Ireland, protected persons and children of citizens by descent.

   3.   Women entitled to be registered as citizens.

   4.   Registration of citizens of certain African states.

   5.   Registration of minors.

   6.   Effect of registration.

   7.   Naturalisation of aliens.

   8.   Residence under authority of certain passes not residence for acquisition of citizenship by registration or naturalisation.

PART III
RENUNCIATION AND DEPRIVATION.

   9.   Renunciation of citizenship.

   10.   Deprivation of citizenship of persons who exercise certain rights in other countries.

   11.   Deprivation of citizenship of citizens by registration or naturalisation.

   12.   Deprivation of citizenship of Uganda when person deprived of citizenship elsewhere.

   13.   Effect of renunciation or deprivation.

PART IV
SUPPLEMENTAL.

   14.   Married women.

   15.   Legitimated children.

   16.   Posthumous children.

   17.   Decision of Minister to be final.

   18.   Certificate of citizenship in cases of doubt.

   19.   Manner of making applications.

   20.   Renunciation of citizenship of other countries and declarations relating to residence.

   21.   Evidence.

   22.   Offences and penalties.

   23.   Regulations.

PART V
PROVISIONS RELATING TO TIME.

   24.   Provisions relating to section 8 of the Constitution of 1962.

   25.   Provisions relating to section 12 of the Constitution of 1962.

 

      First Schedule   Oath of allegiance.

      Second Schedule   Qualifications for naturalisation.

      Third Schedule   Declaration concerning citizenship.

      Fourth Schedule   Declaration concerning residence.

 

CHAPTER 65
UGANDA CITIZENSHIP ACTCommissioners' note: This Act does not take account of the effect of Constitutions subsequent to the Constitution of 1962 on this Chapter.*

Commencement: 9 October, 1962.

   An Act to make provision for the acquisition of citizenship of Uganda by registration in certain cases, to regulate the manner and circumstances in which aliens may be naturalised as citizens of Uganda and in which citizens of Uganda may renounce or be deprived of their citizenship, and to make provision for certain other matters relating to citizenship of Uganda and for matters incidental to and connected with the aforesaid purposes.

 

PART I
INTERPRETATION.

 

1.   Interpretation.

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

   (a)   "alien" means a person who is not a Commonwealth citizen, a protected person or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland;

   (b)   "certificate of naturalisation" means a certificate of naturalisation granted under this Act;

   (c)   "Commonwealth" means Uganda, any country to which section 13 of the Constitution of 1962, applies and any dependency of any such country;

   (d)   "foreign country" means a country (other than the Republic of Ireland) that is not part of the Commonwealth;

   (e)   "minor" means a person who has not attained the age of 21 years;

   (f)   "protected person" means any person who, under any enactment for the time being in force in any country that is part of the Commonwealth, is a British protected person of that country;

   (g)   "Uganda consulate" means an office of a consular officer of the Government of Uganda where a register of births or residents is kept or, where there is no such office, such office as may be prescribed.

   (2) For the purposes of this Act, a person born aboard a registered ship or aircraft or aboard an unregistered ship or aircraft of the government of any country shall be deemed to have been born in the place in which the ship or aircraft was registered or, as the case may be, in that country.

   (3) A person shall, for the purposes of this Act, be of full age if he or she has attained the age of 21 years, and of full capacity if he or she is not of unsound mind.

   (4) For the purposes of this Act, a person shall be deemed not to have attained a given age until the commencement of the relevant anniversary of the day of his or her birth.

 

PART II
REGISTRATION AND NATURALISATION.

 

2.   Registration of Commonwealth citizens, citizens of the Republic of Ireland, protected persons and children of citizens by descent.

   (1) Subject to subsection (3), a citizen of any country to which section 13 of the Constitution of 1962, applies or of the Republic of Ireland or a protected person, being a person of full age and capacity, on making application therefor to the Minister in the prescribed manner, may be registered as a citizen of Uganda if he or she satisfies the Minister—

   (a)   that he or she is ordinarily resident in Uganda and has been so resident for a period of five years;

   (b)   that he or she has an adequate knowledge of a prescribed vernacular language or of the English language;

   (c)   that he or she is of good character; and

   (d)   that he or she would be a suitable citizen of Uganda.

   (2) Subject to subsection (3), any person of full age and capacity born outside Uganda whose father was at the time of that person's birth a citizen of Uganda by virtue of section 7(2) of the Constitution of 1962, or by virtue of section 10 of that Constitution may, on making application therefor to the Minister in the prescribed manner, be registered as a citizen of Uganda.

   (3) A person shall not be registered as a citizen of Uganda under this section unless he or she has made a declaration in writing in the prescribed form of his or her willingness to renounce any other nationality or citizenship he or she may possess and to take an oath of allegiance in the form specified in the First Schedule to this Act.

 

3.   Women entitled to be registered as citizens.

   Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, any woman who, on the 8th"> day of October, 1962, was married to a person who becomes a citizen of Uganda by virtue of section 8(5) of the Constitution of 1962, shall, on making application therefor in the prescribed manner, be entitled to be registered as a citizen of Uganda.

 

4.   Registration of citizens of certain African states.

   (1) Subject to subsection (3), a citizen of any State to which this section applies, being a person of full age and capacity, on making application therefor to the Minister in the prescribed manner, may be registered as a citizen of Uganda if he or she satisfies the Minister—

   (a)   that he or she is ordinarily resident in Uganda and has been so resident for a period of five years;

   (b)   that he or she has an adequate knowledge of a prescribed vernacular language or of the English language;

   (c)   that he or she is of good character; and

   (d)   that he or she would be a suitable citizen of Uganda.

   (2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the Minister may, by statutory order, waive or vary the requirement set out in subsection (1)(b) in respect of the citizens of any State to which this section applies, where the Minister is satisfied that any corresponding provision in the law of that State may be waived or varied in respect of citizens of Uganda.

   (3) A person shall not be registered as a citizen of Uganda under this section unless he or she has made a declaration in writing in the prescribed form of his or her willingness to renounce any other nationality or citizenship he or she may possess and to take an oath of allegiance in the form specified in the First Schedule to this Act.

   (4) The Minister may, where he or she is satisfied that reciprocal provisions are or may be made in respect of Uganda citizens under the law of any State on the continent of Africa other than a country of the Commonwealth, and that it is desirable so to do, by statutory order made with the prior approval signified by resolution of Parliament, declare that State to be a State to which this section applies.

 

5.   Registration of minors.

   (1) The Minister may cause the minor child of any citizen of Uganda to be registered as a citizen of Uganda upon application made in the prescribed manner by a parent or guardian of the child.

   (2) The Minister may, in such special circumstances as he or she thinks fit, cause any minor to be registered as a citizen of Uganda.

 

6.   Effect of registration.

   (1) Subject to subsection (2), a

This section of the article is only available for our subscribers. Please click here to subscribe to a subscription plan to view this part of the article.