DPP Requests Extra UGX 1bn for Judicial Officials Security

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DPP Chibita noted that the 1billion Shillings request was recently submitted to the Ministry of Finance to carter for the security of the officials for only the reminder of financial year 2014/2015. This follows the murder of State Prosecutor Joan Kagezi.

The Director of Public Prosecution Mike Chibita has submitted a request to Parliament for an extra 1billion Shillings to ensure the security of judicial officials. 

DPP Chibita says that the 1billion Shillings request was recently submitted to the Ministry of Finance to carter for the security of the officials for the reminder of this financial year . This follows the murder of State Prosecutor Joan Kagezi.

DPP Chibita explained that the money is to specifically cater for the allowances of police officers and transport among other things.  

Last month, a senior State Prosecutor Joan Kagezi was shot dead in Kiwatule, a suburb of Kampala as she drove home.

Kagezi was in charge of the International Crime Division in the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, handling crimes such as terrorism, war crimes, and trafficking in persons. She was also working with the Police in the prosecution of those accused of recent killings, robberies and terrorism in Kampala and Busoga.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               DPP Chibita had appeared before Parliament's legal and parliamentary affairs committee together with other officials in his office to present their 2015/2016 financial year budget estimates and policy statement.

While before the Committee, DPP Chibita submitted a request of an additional 6.17billion Shilling for the establishment of the prosecutor's academy. But this was rejected by the MPs.

He had noted that the academy is a way of professionalising prosecution services saying that the DPP currently depends on lawyers who have acquired general legal practicing diplomas from the Law Development Centre.

The MPs advised that DPP together with Attorney General's Chambers and Inspectorate of Government to come up with a single academy to train advocated generally hired by government in case they need additional training.      
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Bugweri County MP, Abdu Katuntu noted that government already established a civil service college saying that the DPP should work with the college and get resource persons.

"Work out a syllabus, give it to the college and then you can always send your staff there, because at the end of the day, finance is going to tell us about resource envelope, it could be cheaper than a multiplicity of institutions which certainly increases the cost of public administration", said Katuntu.

The Deputy Director of Public Prosecution, Amos Ngolobe said the academy is meant for professionalization to help prosecutors acquire skills, and keep them apprised with the new laws and others.

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Meanwhile, the director also tabled a 21.2billion Shillings additional funding request to carter for the underfunded and unfunded priorities of the directorate.

The DPP financial year 2015/2016 financial year budget provision is 26.978billion Shillings.


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.