The newly appointed members of the Equal Opportunities Commission were today sworn-in by the Deputy Chief Justice Richard Buteera.
The function was held at the Judiciary headquarters in Kampala.
Safia Jjuko Nalule swore in as the chairperson of the four-member Commission and she will be deputized by Joel Cox Ojuko, with Denise Tusiime and Sr Mary Wasagali serving as members.
The DCJ called upon the commissioners to serve the public with sobriety, humility and integrity.
“Commissioners, as you take on this new assignment, you always need to remember that you are part of the chain and building block to the desired national development,” he said.
“I implore you always to remember your cardinal duties to the nation, the Constitution and the people of Uganda on whose behalf you have been sworn in to serve,” the DCJ said.
By law, the Commission is mandated to monitor, evaluate and ensure that policies, laws, plans, programs, activities, traditions, cultures, usages and customs of all organs of State, private bodies and cultural communities and other members of our society act in favour of groups that were marginalised based on sex, race, colour, ethnic origin, tribe, creed, religion, social and economic standing, political opinion, disability, gender, age or any other reason created by history, tradition or custom.
Nalule reassured the DCJ that the Commission has already registered several achievements in ensuring that all people, especially the marginalised groups participate and benefit from government programs in all spheres of their social-economic, political, religious and cultural lives.
She noted that as a result of the advocacy work of the commission, “It is now a legal requirement for every government agency to get a Certificate of Gender and Equity Compliance” when submitting their budgets for consideration