Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Justice Mike Chibita has revealed how the directorate has made tremendous achievements in the last 10years.
Chibita, who has been appointed Justice of the Supreme Court has said that the office of the DPP has accomplished many tasks including convicting more suspects than it has been the case.
“We have accomplished many things together with the judiciary we set up plea bargaining which has helped reduce backlog lately. For the first time in 10years we have more convicts than those in remands in Uganda’s prisons,” Chibita said. He was appearing before the Appointments committee headed by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga for vetting. Chibita was appearing along with other new justices of the Supreme Court.
Justice Chibita said that the directorate has achieved a lot more include setting up regional offices at every High Court sachet which has helped decentralize and bring services nearer to the people and closer supervision of our staff.
“Establishment has been expanded at the top to ensure that we have more assistant directors of Public prosecutions and more deputy directors. We used to have only 2 deputy directors, we are going to have 4 and that helps to ensure that there is upward mobility. We have also set up different departments to ensure that we offer specialization like anti corruption department, international crime, sexual and gender based violence and now we are setting up an asset recovery to ensure that proceeds of crime are collected,” he said.
Despite the achievements, Chibita says that there is still challenge of staffing and underfunding.
“We are operating at 41% so the office is grossly understaffed and there is a lot of underfunding. We also need an enabling law that has not been tabled yet in parliament. We shall have to aggressively work on tabling office of DPP law, to operationalise the operations of the DPP,” he said.
The other Supreme judges that were successfully vetted are; Ezekiel Muhanguzi and Percy Night Tuhaise. Dr Flavian Zeija, the new Principal Judge of the High Court of Uganda also appeared before the committee for vetting. The new appointees are expected to be sworn in on Tuesday.