KAMPALA – Cabinet has approved the amendment of procedures to enable widows and widowers easily take over administration of the estates of deceased persons.
Previously, the process of acquiring letters of administration by widowers or widows has been bureaucratic.
But in its sitting on Monday, Cabinet approved the amendment of the Administrators General’s Act, Cap 157, the Succession Act, Cap 162, the Estates of Missing Person(Management) Act, Cap 159, the Administration of Estates(Small Estates) ( Special , Provisions) Act, Cap 156 and the Probate Resealing Act , Cap 160.
“The Amendments are intended to align the Administrators General’s Act to Articles 32 (affirmative action in favour of marginalized groups) and 33 (Rights of Women) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. They are also intended to provide for the requirement for notice of application for letters of administration by widowers or widows be given to the Administrator General before applying to the High Court for grants to administer deceased spouses estates,” the Cabinet statement reads in part.
The new amendments provide a penalty for intermeddling in estates of deceased persons, exempt the bank accounts of the Administrator General from attachment proceedings and increase the jurisdiction of Administrator General from UGX20,000 to UGX15M.
Cabinet has also approved the proposal to declare 100 Metre Zone of the Nile River Banks in Kalagala –Itanda Falls Central Forest Reserve to support the Bujagali Refinancing project.
The expected outcomes will include increased protection and management of Extended Kalagala-Itanda Offset Area, strengthened protection, conservation and management of the 100-Metre protection zone of the River Nile.
It also approved the ratification of the Agreement for the establishment of the International Development Law Organization.