Business Names Registration Act
- Commenced on 15 October 1918
- [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. Firms and persons to be registered
3. Registration by nominee, etc.Where a firm, individual or corporation having a place of business in Uganda carries on the business wholly or mainly as nominee or trustee of or for another person, or other persons, or another corporation, or acts as general agent for any foreign firm, the first-mentioned firm, individual or corporation shall be registered in the manner provided by this Act, and, in addition to the other particulars required to be furnished and registered, there shall be furnished and registered the particulars mentioned in the Schedule to this Act; except that where the business is carried on by a receiver or manager appointed by any court, registration under this section shall not be necessary.
4. Manner and particulars of registration
5. Statement to be signed by persons registeringThe statement required for the purpose of registration must in the case of an individual be signed by the individual, and in the case of a corporation by a director or secretary of the corporation, and in the case of a firm either by all the individuals who are partners, and by a director or the secretary of all corporations which are partners or by some individual who is a partner, or a director or the secretary of some corporation which is a partner, and in either of the last two cases must be verified by a statutory declaration made by the signatory; but no such statutory declaration stating that any person other than the declarant is a partner, or omitting to state that any person other than as aforesaid is a partner, shall be evidence for or against any such other person in respect of his or her liability or nonliability as a partner, and the High Court or a judge of the High Court may on the application of any person alleged or claiming to be a partner direct the rectification of the register and decide any question arising under this section.
6. Time for registration
7. Registration of changes in firmWhenever a change is made or occurs in any of the particulars registered in respect of any firm or person, that firm or person shall, within fourteen days after the change or such longer period as the Minister may, on application being made in any particular case, whether before or after the expiration of the fourteen days, allow, furnish by sending by post or delivery to the registrar a statement in writing in the prescribed form specifying the nature and date of the change signed, and where necessary verified, in like manner as the statement required on registration.
8. Penalty for default in registrationIf any firm or person by this Act required to furnish a statement of particulars or of any change in particulars shall, without reasonable excuse, make default in so doing in the manner and within the time specified by this Act, every partner in the firm or the person so in default commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred and fifty shillings for every day during which the default continues, and the court shall order a statement of the required particulars or change in the particulars to be furnished to the registrar within such time as may be specified in the order.
9. Disability of persons in default
10. Penalty for false statementsIf any statement required to be furnished under this Act contains any matter which is false in any material particular to the knowledge of any person signing it, that person commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months or to a fine not exceeding one thousand shillings or to both such imprisonment and fine.
11. Duty to furnish particulars to Minister
12. Registrar to file statement and issue certificate of registrationOn receiving any statement or statutory declaration made in pursuance of this Act, the registrar shall cause it to be filed, and he or she shall send by post or deliver a certificate of the registration of the statement or statutory declaration to the firm or person registering; and the certificate or a certified copy of it shall be kept in a conspicuous position at the principal place of business of the firm or individual, and if not kept so exhibited, every partner in the firm, or the person, as the case may be, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding one thousand shillings.
13. Index to be keptAt the register office the registrar shall keep an index of all the firms and persons registered at that office under this Act.
14. Removal of names from register
15. Misleading business names
16. Restrictions on the registration of certain business namesThe registrar shall not register any business name containing any word or words expressing or implying the sanction, approval or patronage of the Government, the administration of a district, or of any officer thereof except with the approval of the Minister.
17. RegistrarThe registrar of companies, or such other person as the Minister may determine, shall be registrar for purposes of this Act.
18. Inspection of statements registered
19. Power of Minister to make rulesThe Minister may make rules concerning any of the following matters—
20. Publication of true names, etc.
21. Offences by corporationsWhere a corporation commits an offence under this Act, every director, secretary and officer of the corporation who is knowingly a party to the default commits a like offence and is liable to a like penalty.
History of this document
15 October 1918