This Statute was repealed on 2019-09-27 by Uganda Wildlife Act, 2019.
This is the version of this Statute as it was when it was repealed.
- Is repealed by Uganda Wildlife Act, 2019
- Is amended by Uganda Wildlife (Amendment of Schedule) Instrument, 2006
Uganda Wildlife Act, 1996
- Commenced on 1 August 1996
- [This is the version of this document from 16 June 2006.]
- [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.]
- [Amended by Uganda Wildlife (Amendment of Schedule) Instrument, 2006 (Statutory Instrument 26 of 2006) on 16 June 2006]
- [Repealed by Uganda Wildlife Act, 2019 (Act 17 of 2019) on 27 September 2019]
Part I – Preliminary
1. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—
2. Purposes of the Act
3. Ownership of wildlife
Part II – Institutional arrangements
4. Establishment of the authority
5. Functions of the authorityThe functions of the authority are—
6. Delegation and coordination of functions and duties
7. The board
8. Functions of the board
9. The executive director
10. Other staff of the authority
11. Honorary wildlife officers
12. Local government wildlife committees
Part III – General management measures
13. Management plans
14. Commercial arrangements to manage conservation areas
15. Environmental impact assessment
16. Environmental audits and monitoringThe authority shall in consultation with the National Environment Management Authority carry out audits and monitoring or cause audits and monitoring of projects to be carried out in accordance with sections 22 and 23 of the National Environment Act and any regulations made under the National Environment Act.
Part IV – Wildlife conservation areas
17. Procedure for the declaration of wildlife conservation areas
18. Description of wildlife conservation areas
19. Purposes of wildlife conservation areas
20. Temporary management measures
21. General offences in wildlife conservation areasUnless provided for by this Act, any person who in any wildlife conservation area unlawfully—
22. Entering wildlife protected areas without authority
23. Use of resources in wildlife protected areasWhere it is intended to harvest a resource within a wildlife protected area—
24. Authority to carry out an otherwise unlawful act in a wildlife conservation area
25. Historic rights of individuals in conservation areas
26. Regulations governing wildlife conservation areas
Part V – Protected species
27. Declaration of protected species
28. Other plants and animalsSubject to section 6, wild plants and animals other than protected species shall not be subject to the restrictions on hunting or taking under the provisions of this Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of this Act and to regulations made under this Act.
Part VI – Wildlife use rights
29. Types of wildlife use rights
30. Prohibition of utilisation of wildlife without a wildlife use rightNo person may engage in any of the activities under section 29 or any other activities of a like nature which involve the utilisation of wildlife and wildlife products without first obtaining a grant of a wildlife use right.
31. Application for the grant of a wildlife use right
32. Consideration of an application for a wildlife use right
34. Service of a compliance notice
35. Reconsideration of a compliance notice
36. Activity by the authority on compliance notices
37. Stop notices
38. Variation of a wildlife use right
39. Revocation of a wildlife use right
40. Surrender of a wildlife use right
41. Transferability of wildlife use rights
42. Permitted transfer
43. Market transfer
44. Management of a wildlife use right
Part VII – Professional hunters and trappers
45. Professional hunters and trappers
46. Prohibition of persons who are not licensed under this Part regarding certain actsA person who is not a licensee under this Part who—
47. Suspension or cancellation of a licence
48. Restrictions on a licensee under this Part
Part VIII – Methods of hunting and taking; responsibilities of hunters
49. Prohibitions against acts affecting protected species
50. Prohibition on the use of fireAny person who, for the purpose of hunting, taking or assisting another to hunt or take any wild animal or plant, causes any fire commits an offence.
51. Prohibition of hunting of dependent youngExcept as may be authorised under a wildlife use right issued under Part VI, or under section 59, any person who hunts any dependent young or any female accompanied by a dependent young of any protected species commits an offence.
52. Regulation of weapons used in hunting
53. Prohibition of hunting after darknessExcept as may be authorised by the conditions contained in any licence issued or wildlife use right granted under this Act, any person who, during the hours of darkness, hunts or assists in hunting any protected species commits an offence.
54. Prohibition of use of motor vehicles, aircraft and other equipment
55. Regulations on the use of domestic animals as an aid
56. Regulations on the use of baits, devices, etc.
Part IX – Management of problem animals
57. Declaration of vermin
58. Hunting of vermin
59. Killing a protected animal in self-defence
60. Ownership of a carcass
61. Reports of damage by protected animals
62. Accidental killing of a protected animal
63. Wounded protected animals
64. Wounded dangerous animals
Part X – International trade in species and specimens
65. Import, export or reexport permitsThe executive director may, subject to section 67, issue to any person a permit in the prescribed form to import, export or reexport any specimen.
66. Importation, exportation and reexportation to comply with customs lawsAny person who imports, exports or reexports or attempts to import or reexport any specimen—
67. Additional restrictions on imports, exports, transit or reexports of specimen.
Part XI – The Wildlife Fund
68. Establishment of the fund
69. Administration of the fund
70. Duty to operate on sound financial principles; investment and borrowing powers
71. Budget of the authority
72. Accounts of the fund
73. Financial yearThe financial year of the fund shall be the period of twelve months ending on the 30th June in each year.
Part XII – Penalties, forfeitures and other legal proceedings
74. General penaltySubject to this Act, a person convicted of an offence under this Act for which no other penalty is provided is liable—
75. Offences relating to protected speciesAny person who is convicted of an offence involving—
76. Offences relating to import, export or reexport of specimen of protected speciesAny person who is convicted of an offence under section 66 or 67 or under regulations made under section 67 is liable to a fine of not less than ten million shillings or to imprisonment for a term of not less than seven years, and in any case the fine shall not be less than the value of the specimen involved in the commission of the offence.
77. Offences relating to devicesIf any person is convicted of an offence under this Act in respect of any excavation, fence, enclosure or any other device fixed in or on the ground or upon vegetation, which the person has made, used or had in his or her possession for the purpose of hunting in contravention of this Act, the court shall, in addition to any other penalty imposed, order the device to be destroyed or obliterated in such manner as the court may specify, and any expenditure incurred shall be recoverable from the person as a civil debt.
78. Forfeiture as an additional penalty
79. Conditional order of forfeiture
80. Seized goods may be subject to forfeiture order
81. Forfeiture of profits from illegal trade
82. Surrender of licence, permit or certificate in the event of convictionIf any right holder, licensee or the holder of any permit or certificate issued under this Act is convicted of an offence under this Act which involves the licence or a wildlife use right, permit or certificate, the court shall, in addition to any other penalty imposed, order the person to surrender it immediately to the executive director to be dealt with by him or her in accordance with this Act.
83. Disposal of specimens by the executive director
84. Money from sale of specimens or articles to be paid to the fundWhenever the disposal of specimens or articles under this section is by sale, all monies realised shall be payable only to the fund established under this Act.
85. Specimens or articles to be held by the executive directorAny specimen, domestic animal or article held in the custody of the executive director under this Act shall be held by him or her solely in his or her official capacity, and nothing in this Act shall be construed as giving the person holding the office of executive director any private right of ownership over any specimen, domestic animal or article.
Part XIII – Appeals
86. Appeals under this Act
87. The wildlife appeal tribunal
88. Hearings by the tribunal
Part XIV – Miscellaneous
89. General indemnity
90. Conventions and treaties on wildlife management
92. Controlled hunting areas
93. Amendment of Schedules to the Game (Preservation and Control) Act
94. Management of crocodilesFor the avoidance of doubt, the management of crocodiles shall be under the provisions of this Act.
History of this document
27 September 2019
Repealed by Uganda Wildlife Act, 2019
16 June 2006 this version
31 December 2000
ConsolidationRead this version
01 August 1996