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be administered in the Uganda Protectorate, and shall be entitled “The Uganda Military Force Ordinance, 1899.”

The Order of the 1st day of September, 1895, bringing into force “The Uganda Rifles Ordinance, 1895," is hereby revoked, and that Ordinance is hereby repealed; but the provisions of that Ordinance relating to pay and gratuities shall continue in force with respect to any men who enlisted under that Ordinance, and do not re-enlist under the Ordinance annexed hereto.

A copy of this Order and of the annexed Ordinance shall be forthwith publicly exbibited in the Consular Office of the Protectorate. Foreign Office, February 20, 1899.



1. This Ordinance may be cited as "The Uganda Military Force Ordinance, 1899.”

2. In this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires

“ The Commissioner" means Her Majesty's Commissioner and Consul-General, or other officer for the time being administering the Government of the Uganda Protectorate.

“.Commandant” means the officer for the time being in chief command of the Uganda Military Force.

“Native officer” means any officer (other than European) above the rank of sergeant-major.

“ Consular officer” means any person acting by virtue of Her Majesty's commission, or with the authority or approval of a Secretary of State, as Consul-General, Consul, Vice-Consul, or Consular Agent.

Where this Ordinance confers any power or imposes any duty, ther, unless a contrary intention appears, the power may be exercised and the duty shall be performed from time to time as occasion requires.

1.—Constitution and Government of the Force.

3. The Commissioner may maintain a force to be called the Uganda Military Force (in this Ordinance also referred to as “the force"), which shall be constituted, as respects the number and status of officers and men, in accordance with any instructions which the Commissioner may receive from a Secretary of State.

British officers and non-commissioned officers will be appointed by the Secretary of State, but may be appointed temporarily or provisionally by the Commissioner, subject to the subsequent approval of the Secretary of State.

Native officers will be appointed and promoted by the Commandant, with the sanction of the Commissioner, and native noucommissioned officers and men by the Commandant or by an officer delegated by him.

British non-commissioned officers will be under the orders of British officers only, and will be considered "instructors” unless specially selected for a particular duty by the Commandant.

4. The provisions of this Ordinance shall extend to and apply to all persons serving in the force while they are employed beyond the limits of the Protectorate, so far as circumstances admit.

5. The Commandant, subject to the orders and directions of the Commissioner, shall bave the command, direction, and general superintendence of the force.

The officers, native officers, and non-commissioned officers shall have such command or superintendence, and shall perform such other duties connected with the force, as the Commandant may direct.

6. The Commandant shall be responsible and accountable for all public stores, of whatever description, belonging to, or appertaining to, the force in case of their being lost, spoiled, or damaged, except by unavoidable accident, theft, robbery, or actual service.

7. Every officer, or native officer, or non-commissioned officer in command of any body of the force, and where there is a detach. ment without any officer, the District Protectorate Officer, shall be responsible for the arms, accoutrements, ammunition, clothing, and other public stores, and for all public moneys issued and delivered for the use of such body or detachment, and shall account for such arms, accoutrements, ammunition, clothing, and stores to the Commandant in case of their being lost, spoiled, or damaged, except by unavoidable accident, theft, robbery, or actual service, and to the Paymaster for such public moneys in case of their being lost, except by unavoidable accident, theft, or robbery.

8. The Paymaster shall have charge of all monetary transactions in connection with the force, and be responsible for all public moneys intrusted to his care, or that shall come into his possession. He shall have the immediate custody of and account to the Commandant for all spare arms, accoutrements, clothing, necessaries, ammunition, and other Government stores not issued for service, and he shall issue the same upon the requisition of the Commandant, or in accordance with the prescribed Regulations.

9. Subject to the provisions of this Ordinance, the Commissioner may inake, aiter, and revoke Regulations in this Ordinance referred

to as the " prescribed Regulations ") for any or all of the following purposes, that is to say :

(!.) The prevention of neglect and abuses, and the efficient discharge of their duties by the force ;

(2.) The form and method of enlistments and appointments in the force;

(3.) The pay of the force, and the fiscal duties to be performed by the Paymaster and other officers, as well of the force as of the Treasury Department, with relation to the force. Every such Regulation shall come into operation upon the publication thereof, or at such time as shall be therein provided, and shall be subject to disallowance by a Secretary of State ;

(4.) The Government prisons and lock-up houses in which any members of the force may be confined, and any matters relating to diet, custody, labour, occupation, and discipline in or in relation to the same.

11.-Enlistment and Discharge.*

10. Every private shall be enlisted, for the first term of his engagement, to serve in the force for four years, to be reckoned from the day on which he shall have been finally approved for service and taken on the strength of the force.

All members of the Uganda Rifles may re-enlist under this Ordinance, and the period of service from the enlistment under “ The Uganda Rifles Ordinance, 1895," until such re-enlistment sball be reckoned as service under this Ordinance.

11. Any native officer, non-commissioned officer, or private of good character, who at any time has completed, or is within six months of completing, the first term of his engagement, may, with the approval of the Commandant, re-e:gage to serve for a second term of four years from the expiration of the first term of his engagement, and may re-engage for further periods of four years from time to time.

12. Every man enlisting, re-engaging, or re-enlisting in the force as aforesaid shall, previous to his being approved or re-engaged, make and sign the following declaration, and shall confirm such declaration by oath in his native language in such manner as he may declare to be most binding upon his conscience :

“I, A. B., do hereby solemnly declare and promise that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, her heirs and suc

These Regulations do not apply to soldiers recruited from the Indian Army, for whose conditions of service see paragraph 40.

cessors, and that I will faithfully serve and defend Her Majesty the Queen, her heirs and successors, and the Government of the Uganda Protectorate, for a period of four years, provided Her Majesty should so long require my services, and that I will obey all orders of Her Majesty and of the officers placed over me, and subject myself to all laws relating to the Uganda Military Force now in force, or which may from time to time be in force within the said period.

“ (Signature or mark.)


Declared at before me,

day of


(Signature of Officer commanding Battalion.)"

The declaration and oath shall be made before the Senior Officer of the force for the time being at the station at which the declaration and oath are made, and such declaration sball be preserved as a part of the enlistment papers of every person enlisting, re-engaging, or re-enlisting.

13. Any native officer, non-commissioned officer, or private, whose period of service expires wbilst a state of war exists between Her Majesty and any foreign Power or any African State or tribe, may be detained and his service prolonged for such further period not exceeding twelve months as the Commandant directs.

14. Subject to the provisions of sections 11 and 15, every native officer, non-commissioned officer, and private who has completed his period or periods of engagement or service according to the provisions of this Ordinance, shall be discharged by the Commandant, unless at the expiration of any period he is undergoing punishment for, or stands charged with, the commission of any offence under this Ordinance; and, in case he is undergoing such punishment, or is charged with any such offence, his service shall be prolonged and his discharge deferred until such punishment shall have terminated, or until he has undergone his trial and any punishment awarded in respect of the offence with which he is charged.

15. Any native officer, non-commissioned officer, or private, who, in the opinion of the Commandant, is unfit for servic', may be discharged from the force at any period of his service, receiving a gratuity in accordance with the scale in section 21, unless such discharge is in consequence of his misconduct.

16. Every native officer, non-commissioned officer, and private, until he has received his certificate of discharge, shall remain subject to this Ordinance, and to the prescribed Regulations.

17. In reckoning the service of any native officer, non-commissioned officer, or private for discharge, there shall be excluded therefrom all periods during which he has been absent from his duty from any of the following causes :

(a.) Imprisonment for any cause save that of detention awaiting any trial which shall result in the acquittal or discharge of the prisoner;

(6.) Imprisonment with hard labour;
(e.) Desertion for any period;
(d.) Absence without leave exceeding forty-eight hours.

18. No native officer, non-commissioned officer, or private, shall withdraw himself from the force before he is lawfully discharged ; and if any native officer, non-commissioned officer, or private shall so withdraw himself before his discharge shall have been duly allowed and granted, he shall be liable to be tried and punished for desertion.

19. Gratuities at the following rates, in lieu of pension, shall be granted to native officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates on discharge after a continuous good service extending to a period of twelve years, viz. :

To native officers

To sergeant-majors..
To sergeants

To corporals

120 To privates ..

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And at the following rates, after a total continuous good service extending to twenty years, viz. :

To native officers

To sergeant-majors..

450 To sergeants

225 To corporals

180 T, privates ..



The Commissioner, on the recommendation of the Commandant, may in any case, if he thinks fit, in lieu of any such gratuity, make a grant of land of such extent as appears to hiin to be equivalent in value to the gratuity; and in every such case the person receiving such grant of land shall be entitled to rations, or pay in lieu of rations, for a period of six months from the date of his discharge.

No increased rates of gratuity shall be paid in respect of any period of service in excess of a total service of twenty years; and no member of the force who has received a gratuity.on discharge shall, in the event of his afterwards re-enlisting, receive in respect of his service after such re-enlistment any higher gratuity than may, together with such first gratuity, be equal to the gratuity which be would have earned by continuous service for twenty years.

Where any native officer, non-commissioned officer, or private is discharged as unfit for further service before completivg such continuous period as will entitle hiw to gratuity, he may receive such

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