Official Secrets Act
- Commenced on 30 December 1964
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2000.]
- [Note: The version of the Act as at 31 December 2000 was revised and consolidated by the Law Reform Commission of Uganda. All subsequent amendments have been researched and applied by Laws.Africa for ULII.]
2. Acts prejudicial to the State
3. Address of agent of foreign powerAny address, whether within or without Uganda, reasonably suspected of being an address used for the receipt of communications intended for an agent of a foreign power, or any address at which such an agent resides, or to which he or she resorts for the purpose of giving or receiving communications, or at which he or she carries on any business, shall be deemed to be the address of an agent of a foreign power, and communications addressed to that address to be communications with the agent.
4. Wrongful communication, etc. of information
5. Unauthorised use of uniforms, etc.Any person who, for the purpose of gaining admission, or of assisting any other person to gain admission, to a prohibited place, or for any other purpose prejudicial to the safety or interests of Uganda—
6. Interfering with officers of the police or members of the armed forcesNo person in the vicinity of any prohibited place shall obstruct, knowingly mislead or otherwise interfere with or impede any police officer, or any member of the armed forces engaged on guard, sentry, patrol or other similar duty in relation to the prohibited place, and every person who contravenes this provision commits an offence under this Act.
7. Production of telegrams
8. Harbouring spiesAny person who knowingly harbours any person whom he or she knows, or has reasonable grounds for supposing, to be a person who is about to commit or who has committed an offence under this Act, or knowingly permits any such persons to meet or assemble in any premises in his or her occupation or under his or her control, and every person who, having harboured any such person, or having permitted any such persons to meet or assemble in any premises in his or her occupation or under his or her control, wilfully omits or refuses to disclose to a police officer of or above the rank of assistant superintendent any information that it is in his or her power to give in relation to any such person, commits an offence under this Act.
9. Attempts, incitements, etc.Any person who attempts to commit any offence under this Act, or solicits or incites or endeavours to persuade another person to commit an offence, or aids or abets or does any act preparatory to the commission of an offence under this Act, commits an offence under this Act and is liable to the same punishment, and to be proceeded against in the same manner, as if he or she had committed that offence.
10. Arrest without warrant
11. Search warrants
12. Consent to prosecutions
13. Trials of offences committed outside UgandaAn act, omission or anything that would, by reason of this Act, be punishable as an offence if committed in Uganda shall if committed outside Uganda be an offence against this Act, triable and punishable in Uganda, in the following cases—
14. Place of offence
15. PenaltiesWhere no specific penalty is provided in this Act, any person who commits an offence under this Act shall be deemed to be guilty of an indictable offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years; but that person may, at the election of the Director of Public Prosecutions, be prosecuted before a magistrate under Part XIV of the Magistrates Courts Act, and, if so prosecuted, shall be punishable by imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years.
History of this document
30 December 1964