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UGANDA NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL AUTHORITY ACT.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS.

   Section

PART I
PRELIMINARY.

   1.   Commencement.

   2.   Interpretation.

PART II
THE UGANDA NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL AUTHORITY.

   3.   Establishment of the Authority.

   4.   Functions of the Authority.

   5.   Board.

   6.   Qualifications of Board members.

   7.   Functions of the Board.

   8.   Tenure of office of Board members.

   9.   Filling of vacancies on the Board.

   10.   Remuneration of Board members.

   11.   Delegation of functions of Board.

   12.   Meetings of the Board.

   13.   Committees of the Board.

   14.   Executive Director.

   15.   Duties of Executive Director.

   16.   Power to install meteorological instruments.

   17.   Delegation of functions and powers by the Executive Director.

   18.   Tenure of office of Executive Director.

   19.   Other officers and staff of the Authority.

   20.   Independence of the Authority.

   21.   Powers of the Minister.

PART III
FINANCIAL PROVISIONS.

   22.   Funds of the Authority.

   23.   Borrowing powers.

   24.   Investment of surplus funds.

   25.   Estimates.

   26.   Financial year of Authority.

   27.   Accounts.

   28.   Audit of accounts of the Authority.

PART IV
OFFENCES AND PENALTIES.

   29.   Causing damage to meteorological equipment.

   30.   Unlawfully carrying out weather modification activities.

   31.   Giving false information on weather.

   32.   Obstructing an officer from performing his or her duties.

   33.   Issue of unauthorised forecasts and publications.

   34.   Importation of meteorological tools.

PART V
MISCELLANEOUS.

   35.   Protection from liability of members of the Board and employees of the Authority.

   36.   Fees for services rendered by the Authority.

   37.   Annual report.

   38.   Minister to report to Parliament.

   39.   Register.

   40.   Minister's power to amend First Schedule.

   41.   Regulations.

PART VI
TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS.

   42.   Transfer of assets and liabilities.

   43.   Employees of Department of Meteorology.

   44.   Former Employees of Meteorology Department.

 

      Schedule 1   Currency Point.

      Schedule 2   Meetings of the Board.

 

UGANDA NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL AUTHORITY ACT.

Commencement: 24 January, 2014.

   An Act to provide for the establishment of the Uganda National Meteorological Authority, to provide for the functions of the Authority; to provide for the Meteorological Board; for the functions of the Board; to give effect to the Convention on the World Meteorological Organisation; the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and other related Conventions, protocols and Memoranda of Understanding to which Uganda is a party; to provide for the control and development of technically sound and scientific meteorological services and to provide for other related matters.

 

PART I
PRELIMINARY.

 

1.   Commencement.

   This Act shall come into force on a date to be appointed by the Minister by Statutory Instrument.

 

2.   Interpretation.

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   "Authority" means the Uganda National Meteorological Authority established by section 3;

   "Board" means the Uganda National Meteorological Board established by section 5;

   "climate" means the average or mean weather conditions of a place as determined by the day-to-day values of the meteorological or weather elements that affect a locality covering a reasonably long period such as 30 years;

   "climate change" means a significant change in the climate with a definite trend in at least one of the weather elements; the change must be recorded over an extended period, typically a decade or longer to differentiate it from climate variability which, although a major meteorological hazard, has no definite trend;

   "Congress" means the Congress of the World Meteorological Organisation;

   "Constituent body" means a Constituent body of the World Meteorological Organisation which includes the Executive Council, the Regional Associations or Technical Commissions;

   "Convention" means the Convention of the World Meteorological Organisation which was concluded in Washington D.C. on 22nd"> September 1947;

   "currency point" has the value assigned to it in the Schedule 1;

   "Executive Director" means the Executive Director of the Authority;

   "Meteorology" means the science of the atmosphere that embraces both weather and climate and is concerned with the physical, dynamical and chemical state of the earth's atmosphere;

   "Meteorological services" means services provided by the Authority;

   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for matters relating to meteorology;

   "Organisation" means the World Meteorological Organisation;

   "weather" is the condition or state of the atmospheric environment over a short period of time such as an instant or a few hours to a number of days or seasons involving various meteorological elements or parameters such as rainfall, wind, temperature, sunshine and atmospheric pressure among others;

   "weather modification" means any activity performed with the intention or the ultimate outcome or both of producing artificial change in the composition, behavior and dynamics of the atmosphere.

 

PART II
THE UGANDA NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL AUTHORITY.

 

3.   Establishment of the Authority.

   (1) There is established the Uganda National Meteorological Authority.

   (2) The Authority shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and an official seal and may for the discharge of its functions under this Act—

   (a)   acquire, hold and dispose off movable and immovable property;

   (b)   sue and be sued in its corporate name; and

   (c)   do all acts and things as a body corporate may lawfully do.

   (3) The Authority shall be under the general supervision of the Minister.

   (4) The official seal of the Authority shall be in a form determined by the Board.

   (5) The official seal shall, when affixed to any document, be authenticated by the signatures of the Executive Director and one other member of the Board.

   (6) In the absence of the Executive Director, the person performing the functions of the Executive Director shall sign.

   (7) An instrument or contract which if executed or entered into by a person other than a body corporate would not require to be under seal may be executed or entered into on behalf of the Board by the Chairperson or by any member of the Board or any other person if that member of the Board or other person has been duly authorised by resolution of the Board to execute or enter into the instrument or contract as the case may be.

   (8) Every document purporting to be an instrument or contract executed or issued by or on behalf of the Board in accordance with this section shall be considered to be so executed or issued until the contrary is proved.

 

4.   Functions of the Authority.

   The functions of the Authority are—

   (a)   to establish and maintain systems for the rapid exchange of meteorological and related information;

   (b)   to establish networks of stations for taking, recording and transmitting meteorological observations as well as hydrological and other geophysical observations related to meteorology;

   (c)   to establish and maintain an effective national weather forecasting centre for short, medium, and long term applications using state-of-the-art technology and contemporary best practices;

   (d)   to apply meteorology to aviation, marine transport, water resources management, agriculture, health, national defence and security, disaster preparedness, and other developmental activities;

   (e)   to research and train in meteorology and in related fields and to coordinate national, regional, and international aspects of the research and training;

   (f)   to establish a framework under which aeronautical meteorological services are paid for at commercial rates by end users at a rate to be determined by Regulations under this Act and to ensure that the framework is updated periodically;

   (g)   to establish and maintain a total quality management system in its operations while providing the necessary data essential for environmental impact assessment;

   (h)   to monitor the state of the atmosphere in Uganda, at different time and spatial scales, analyse, document and disseminate weather, climate and climate trends a

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