The Directorate of Prosecutions is one of the four directorates in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. It is mandated to do the following:

  1. Initiate, formulate and review policies, rules and regulations regarding public prosecutions and management of the institution.
  2. Coordinate and harmonize the departments, divisions, sections, units and desks towards fulfilling the institution’s objectives in the management of public prosecutions and administration of criminal justice.
  3. Identify the need, advocate and negotiate for support and additional resources for effective public prosecutions and administration of criminal justice.
  4. Ensure effective monitoring, evaluation and support of public prosecutions to improve performance of the institution and the criminal justice process.
  5. Manage and coordinate the professional requirements and technical needs of specialized units, regional and district field offices in the conduct of prosecutions.
  6. Coordinate and manage dissemination of best prosecution practices and policies to uplift the standards of criminal prosecutions.
  7. Provide technical and tactical leadership in conduct of investigations and prosecutions.
  8. Initiate and promote improvements in investigations and prosecution practices across the country.

 

The Directorate of Prosecutions ensures that criminal cases are critically examined before they are registered in court, that police are directed to institute criminal investigations in appropriate cases, and that there is take over and continuance of criminal proceedings instituted by other persons or authorities where necessary, and withdrawal of the same where necessary. It is responsible for enhancing public confidence in the prosecution services of the ODPP.

There are five departments under this directorate and they include; the Anti-Corruption Department, Department of Gender, Children and Sexual Offences, Land Crimes Department, Department of General Case Work and the Department of Appeals and Miscellaneous Applications.

Within the Directorate of Prosecutions are two divisions; the Homicide Division which manages homicide cases, and the Building Control Crimes Division that manages building-related crimes. These divisions are all under the Department of General Case Work.

There are two units in the Directorate of Prosecutions and they include; the Cybercrime Unit that manages cybercrimes and the Plea Bargain Unit which coordinates plea bargain. These units are all under the Department of General Case Work.

The Directorate of Prosecutions is headed by Mr. Odumbi James Owere – Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DDPP)..

ANTI–CORRUPTION DEPARTMENT (ACD)

The Anti-Corruption Department (ACD) of the ODPP is a specialized department in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions under the Directorate of Prosecutions mandated to handle and prosecute corruption and related cases. The offences handled by the department are primarily under the Anti-Corruption Act, 2009, Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2011, cybercrime laws such as the Computer Misuse Act, 2011, Electronic Signatures Act, 2011, Electronic Transactions Act, 2011, and related legislation.

The functional areas of the department are; conducting prosecution-led investigations into corruption and money laundering crimes, making prosecutorial decisions in corruption and money laundering cases, prosecution of corruption and money laundering cases, handling and prosecution of appeals in corruption and money laundering cases, handling all miscellaneous applications in corruption and money laundering cases, establishing and maintaining effective linkages with key stakeholders in the fight against corruption and money laundering, and issuing administrative instructions for sanctions against public officials charged with and convicted of corruption.

In addition to the above, the ACD is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the ODPP Anti-Corruption Strategy, 2019 created to bolster the fight against corruption.

This department which is based at Workers House 7th floor Northern Wing is headed by Ms. Josephine Namatovu – Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (ADPP).

DEPARTMENT OF GENDER, CHILDREN AND SEXUAL OFFENCES

The Department of Gender, Children and Sexual Offences is a specialized department in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions under the Directorate of Prosecutions. Its mandate is to handle Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and children-related cases through prosecution-led investigations, perusal and sanctioning of related files, and conducting related prosecutions. The department also handles gender and equity mainstreaming within the ODPP.

Its key objectives are; to provide legal advice to investigators in SGBV and children-related cases, to prosecute SGBV and children-related cases, to promote gender responsive strategies, and to maintain stakeholder collaborations.

The department ensures the implementation of handbooks/manuals including “Prosecuting Child-related Cases in Uganda”, the “Cross-Sectoral Handbook for Victim Centered Investigation, Prosecution and Adjudication of Gender Based Violence (GBV) Cases,” and the “Multi-Disciplinary Training Curriculum on Gender Based Violence and Violence Against Children (VAC),” developed to streamline the handling of highly prevalent GBV and VAC cases right from the time of reporting of the cases at Police, prosecution and during trial, in a victim-centred, gender-responsive, child-friendly, and trauma informed manner, with coordinated approaches.

The department is headed by Ms. Samali Wakooli – Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (ADPP).

LAND CRIMES DEPARTMENT

The Land Crimes Department is a specialized department in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions which falls under the Directorate of Prosecutions, and is mandated to handle land crime.

The functional areas of the department comprise; conducting prosecution–led investigations in respect of sensitive and complicated land-related matters, perusing and studying land-related case files submitted to the ODPP Headquarters and guiding/directing police on investigations, prosecuting all land-related cases in all courts including appellate courts countrywide, conducting visits to ODPP stations and auditing land-related cases in the system, training members of staff in handling land-related matters, carrying out research on the existing policy and legislation on land and making recommendations for reform/review, studying selected court decisions and setting up a database for the same, and engaging with other stakeholders in order to devise ways and means of reducing land-related crimes.

Land crimes include malicious damage to property, criminal trespass, threatening violence and assaults which usually stem from land squabbles.

Establishment of the department was premised on the increasing number of land-related criminal cases in Uganda associated with their negative consequences, the sophistication with which the crimes are committed, the sensitivity with which the matters needed to be handled at all levels, as well as the concern of the failure by professionals and the public to understand what amounts to a land crime and its distinction from civil wrongs.

The Land Crimes Department is additionally responsible for the implementation of the “ODPP Guidelines for the Management of Investigations and Prosecution of Land Crimes in Uganda, 2022,” that highlights the key stakeholders in dealing with land crimes, and streamlines their roles and the procedures to be followed when handling land crime, to ensure successful handling and prosecution of land crimes.

The department is under the stewardship of Mr. Andrew Odiit – Principal Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (PADPP).

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL CASE WORK

The Department of General Case Work falls under the Directorate of Prosecutions.

This department is responsible for conducting prosecution-led investigations in general crimes, prosecuting criminal cases relating to general crimes, handling and improving the quality of general crime cases through perusal, sanctioning and committal proceedings, and maintaining coordination with stakeholders with interests in general crimes.

Under this department are two divisions; the Homicide Division which manages homicide cases, and the Building Control Crimes Division which manages building-related crimes.

In addition, the department has two units; the Plea Bargain Unit which manages plea bargain and the Cybercrime Unit which handles cybercrimes.
The Department of General Case Work is under the control of Ms. Margaret Nakigudde Kato – Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (ADPP).

HOMICIDE DIVISION

The Homicide Division is a specialized division under the Department of General Case Work which is under the Directorate of Prosecutions, and is responsible for managing homicide cases.

Specifically, the mandate of the Homicide Division is to; guide homicide investigations (through prosecution-led investigations), peruse and make prosecutorial decisions in homicide cases, improve the quality of homicide cases, coordinate and prosecute homicide cases, and coordinate with stakeholders on matters pertaining to homicides.

The division is headed by Mr. Alex Bagada – Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (ADPP).

PLEA BARGAIN UNIT

The Plea Bargain Unit falls under the Department of General Case Work under the Directorate of Prosecutions.

This unit manages plea bargain. It holds plea bargain camps, negotiates and prepares plea bargain agreements, and presents plea bargain agreements in court.

In addition, the Plea Bargain Unit is responsible for the implementation of the ODPP Plea Bargain Guidelines, 2021, created to streamline procedures and processes to be followed by prosecutors during the plea bargain process, and to enhance the efficiency of the plea bargain program; for orderly, predictable, uniform, consistent and timely resolution of criminal matters.

Plea bargain is used by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as a mechanism to fast track criminal cases or to reduce case backlog.

The unit is headed by Ms. Margaret Nakigudde Kato – Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (ADPP).

CYBERCRIME UNIT

The Cybercrime Unit which falls under the Department of General Case Work under the Directorate of Prosecutions was established in 2020 as a baseline towards building a de facto specialized cybercrime prosecution unit in the country to streamline investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes.

This was premised on the fact that technological advancement has seen the increase and sophistication of criminal activities, with several crimes now being committed through the use of internet and ICT infrastructure, including but not limited to money laundering crimes, cyber harassment among others. So, the intention was to create specialized personnel with an understanding of concepts of computing and the internet, a knowledge of cybercrime legislative frameworks, and the ability to understand and present electronic evidence in court.

Accordingly, the mandate of the Cybercrime Unit is to; guide cybercrime investigations (through prosecution-led investigations), peruse and make prosecutorial decisions in cybercrime cases, coordinate and prosecute cybercrime cases, handle complaints that relate to cybercrime cases, and coordinate with stakeholders on matters pertaining to cybercrime.

It is envisaged that this Cybercrimes Unit will greatly improve the quality of evidence gathered and presentation of digital evidence in court, leading to an efficient and effective management of not only cybercrimes and related cases, but all crimes countrywide.

The unit is under the stewardship of Mr. Richard Birivumbuka – Chief State Attorney (CSA).

BUILDING CONTROL CRIMES DIVISION (BCCD)

The Building Control Crimes Division (BCCD) was established in 2021 and falls under the department of General Case Work under the Directorate of Prosecutions.

The division is mandated to; guide the National Building Review Board (NBRB) on the process of investigation and prosecution of building-related cases; ensure that prosecution-led investigations are conducted in relation to building-related cases, ensure that building-related cases investigated by the NBRB are legitimized through opening up of police case files and carrying out systematic investigations to allow for eventual prosecution, and advise NBRB on the effectiveness of building-related laws and areas where amendment of the law is required so as to effectively deter errant developers.

This division is headed by Ms. Vicky Nabisenke – Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (ADPP).

APPEALS AND APPLICATIONS DEPARTMENT

The Department of Appeals and Applications is a department under the Directorate of Prosecutions.

This department is mandated to handle and prosecute criminal appeals and miscellaneous applications in Uganda, and to develop strategies for their effective coordination and management. Allied to this central mandate is the departmental brief to initiate appeals and miscellaneous applications to resolve key legal issues and to seek review of contested appellate processes in all courts in the country. The department also participates in appeal and miscellaneous application session meetings with appellate courts and other stakeholders to ensure proper disposal of appeals and miscellaneous applications. Complaints relating to appeals and miscellaneous applications are also handled by this department.

This department is headed by Ms. Carolyn Nabaasa Hope – Principal Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (PADPP).

The Directorate of International Affairs comprises two departments including the International Crimes Department (ICD) and the International Cooperation and Asset Recovery Department. Within the International Cooperation and Asset Recovery Department is the Asset Recovery Division.
The directorate is headed by Mr. Odumbi James Owere – Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DDPP).

1. Initiate, formulate and review ODPP policies, rules and regulations relating to management of cross-border crimes, international crimes and international cooperation in criminal matters.
2. Ensure overall coordination and harmonization of departments, divisions, sections, units and desks in the directorate, towards fulfilling the ODPP’s objectives in the management of cross-border crimes, international crimes and international cooperation in criminal matters.
3. Identify the need, advocate and negotiate for support and additional resources for effective public prosecutions and administration of justice relating to international crimes and international cooperation in criminal matters.
4. Examine, develop and recommend effective, improved and sustainable systems for prosecution of international and other associated crimes, Mutual Legal Assistance, extradition and promotion of a common approach to handling those cases within the country.
5. Ensure cross-border and international collaboration with stakeholders in the administration of criminal justice.

6. Examine and initiate improvements in legislation for the country’s effective management of international and extra-territorial offences and international cooperation in criminal matters.
7. Ensure proper identification and examination of jurisdictional and constitutional intricacies which inhibit international cooperation and enforcement in Uganda with a view to recommend appropriate measures for redress.
8. Coordinate and manage participation of staff in seminars and conferences on matters of cross-border crimes, international crimes and international cooperation in criminal matters.
9. Examine and document regional and international instruments relating to international cooperation in criminal matters to which Uganda is a party and make recommendations for their ratification.
10. Coordinating and harmonizing departments, divisions, sections, units and desks in the directorate towards fulfilling the ODPP’s objectives in the management of public prosecutions and administration of criminal justice.

INTERNATIONAL CRIMES DEPARTMENT (ICD)

The International Crimes Department (ICD) under the Directorate of International Affairs conducts prosecution-led investigations in respect of and prosecutes international crimes including crimes against humanity, war crimes, terrorism, transnational organized crimes including trafficking in persons, drug trafficking and piracy. It is also actively involved in conducting stakeholder engagements and outreach programmes relating to international crimes.

Within the department is the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division which manages trafficking in persons’ cases.
The department is under the stewardship of Mr. Lino Anguzu – Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (ADPP).

ANTI-TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS DIVISION

The Trafficking in Persons Division is in the International Crimes Department (ICD), and it manages Trafficking in Persons (TIP)cases. The functional areas of the division are; overseeing the management of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) cases in the ODPP, capacity building of Prosecutors and other law enforcement officers in handling TIP cases, inter-agency engagements, and participation in outreaches.

The division handles both transnational and domestic TIP cases in the International Crimes Division (ICD) of the High Court and provides support and guidance in TIP cases to all ODPP Regions and Police.

This division is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the Trafficking in Persons Prosecution Guidelines, 2021, for effective handling of TIP Cases.

The division is headed by Ms. Joseph Kyomuhendo – Chief State Attorney  (CSA).

The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division operates in partnership with the Human Trafficking Institute (HTI), particularly, the Country Director Ms. Gabby Massey  and Special Counsel to the DPP .

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND ASSET RECOVERY DEPARTMENT

The mandate of the International Cooperation and Asset Recovery Department is to handle and coordinate Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance Requests. It establishes and maintains effective international and cross-border collaborations with stakeholders in investigations and prosecutions. This department is further mandated to introduce appropriate regulations for requisite cooperation requests. Under this department is the Asset Recovery Division whose mandate is to make acquisitive crime less attractive by depriving offenders and/or their beneficiaries of the benefits of crime.

The department is headed by Ms. Vicky Nabisenke – Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (ADPP).

ASSET RECOVERY DIVISION (ARD)

The mandate of the Asset Recovery Division (ARD) is to make acquisitive crime less attractive by depriving offenders and/or their beneficiaries of the benefits of crime.

The functions of the ARD are; to provide legal advice to investigating bodies and recovery agencies in asset recovery cases, prosecute asset recovery cases, enforce measures for recovery of proceeds of crime, pursue compensation for victims in successfully prosecuted cases, establish and maintain effective communication, coordination, collaborations and linkages with key stakeholders in asset recovery, initiate and provide strategies and guidelines for asset recovery and strengthen the internal asset recovery operational capacity of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. 

This division is headed by Ms. Annet Namatovu Ddungu – Chief State Attorney (CSA).

DIRECTORATE OF INSPECTIONS, QUALITY ASSURANCE, RESEARCH AND TRAINING

The Directorate of Inspections, Quality Assurance, Research and Training is one of the four directorates in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. It is mandated to do the following:

  1. Initiate, examine, develop and ensure the introduction, adoption and enforcement of performance standards, measures, systems and practices which promote the efficient and effective management of public prosecutions and fair administration of justice.
  2. Inspect and assess the performance standards of State Prosecutors and Attorneys and the extent to which other agencies are conforming to performance standards, identify meritorious and/or poor performance and recommend reward or remedial actions to relevant authorities as the case may be.
  3. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and quality of public prosecutions so as to determine and provide the appropriate guidance and technical support for achieving and enhancing performance targets in public prosecutions.
  4. Identify performance bottlenecks and other impediments to the timely, successful, logical and fair conclusion of public prosecutions and advise on possible solutions to relevant authorities.
  5. Prepare or cause preparation of timely, accurate and quality reports of each inspection with recommendations for improvements, corrections or other appropriate actions.
  6. Review specific laws and in consultation with others, identify omissions and deficiencies in order to recommend changes to existing laws or creation of new laws by relevant authorities so as to bring such laws into conformity with the changing environment and demands for the fair administration of justice.
  7. Provide case specific research in support of prosecution work.
  8. Identify gaps in legal materials in legal office libraries and recommend remedial measures.
  9. Identifying training needs and coordinating on job training of ODPP staff.

10.Initiate, develop, and ensure implementation and review of the policies and ethical code of conduct in public prosecutions.

The Directorate of Inspections, Quality Assurance, Research and Training comprises the Department of Inspections and Quality Assurance and Department of Research and Training.

The directorate is headed by Mr. George William Byansi – Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions.

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONS AND QUALITY ASSURANCECRIMES DEPARTMENT (ICD)

The Department of Inspections and Quality Assurance falls under the Directorate of Inspections, Quality Assurance, Research and Training.

This department’s main functions are; developing, enforcing, monitoring and assessing the institution’s ethical and professional codes of conduct in line with established international standards, monitoring and assessing implementation of performance standards, undertaking inspections, preparing and submitting inspection reports, and seeking action thereon, reviewing procedures that lead to delay in prosecution of cases, investigating public complaints against staff, and inspecting and implementing quality assurance over delegated prosecutors.

Routine inspections of ODPP stations and prosecution agencies with a delegated prosecutorial role all over the country are carried out by this department. The aim of the inspections is among others to monitor and evaluate the performance of staff, assess the working environment and its suitability for performance of staff, guide staff where there is need to improve on performance and meet stakeholders in the criminal justice system in order to get their feedback on staff performance. The department also conducts quality assurance with the view of creating cost efficiency.

The department is headed by Ms. Winfred Ahimbisibwe – Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions.

DEPARTMENT OF RESEARCH AND TRAINING

The Department of Research and Training is under the Directorate of Inspections, Quality Assurance, Research and Training.

It undertakes staff capacity enhancement and engages in research that supports ODPP operations given that training and research are an imperative part of prosecutorial growth. Through training, the department fosters critical thinking and analytical skills of prosecutors. Training is an antidote, and by it, Prosecutors are able to make legally proficient submissions. Furthermore, through training and research, the credibility of prosecutors is enhanced within the legal sector.

The department conducts legal research, research on crime trends and best practices. It collects and analyzes data on reported cases. It further carries out surveys to establish public perception on service delivery by the ODPP.

The department is headed by Mr. Badru Mulindwa – Principal Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions.

The Directorate of Management Support Services is one of the four directorates in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. It is mandated to do the following:

1. Coordinate and manage logistical, administrative and other support services essential for the operations of the Office of the DPP.

2. Guide and coordinate the requirements and facilitation needs of the specialized, regional, district and other offices of the institution.

3. Manage and coordinate preparation of the institution’s budget.

4. Manage and coordinate disbursement of funds allocated to the Office of the DPP in accordance with the financial regulations and requirements.

5. Initiate, formulate and review policies, rules and regulations regarding public prosecutions and management of the institution.

6. Guide the overall coordination and harmonization of the various departments, divisions, sections, units and desks towards fulfilling the institution’s mandate in the management of public prosecutions and administration of criminal justice.

7. Identify the need, advocate and negotiate for support and additional resources for effective public prosecutions and administration of criminal justice.

8. Ensure effective monitoring, evaluation and support of public prosecutions to improve performance of the institution and the criminal justice process.

There are four departments in the Directorate of Management Support Services; the Department of Field Operations, Department of Witness Protection and Victim Empowerment, Department of Finance and Administration and Department of Information and Communication Technology.
The directorate has four divisions; the Environment and Wildlife Division and Human Rights Division under the Department of Field Operations, the Division of Human Resource Management and Division of Policy and Planning under the Department of Finance and Administration.

In addition, the directorate has two sections in the Department of Finance and Administration; Accounts Section and Internal Audit Section.
There are also two units in the directorate; the Procurement and Disposal Unit and Estates Unit all in the Department of Finance and Administration.
The Directorate of Management Support Services is headed by Mr. John Baptist Asiimwe – Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DDPP).

DEPARTMENT OF FIELD OPERATIONS

The Department of Field Operations is under the Directorate of Management Support Services.

Its key functional areas are; to monitor and evaluate performance of field staff, to establish field offices and provide prosecutorial services, to maintain effective communication and coordination between field stations and headquarters, and to establish and maintain collaborations and linkages with district and national partners in criminal justice.

This department has two divisions under it including the Human Rights Division that deals with human rights related issues and the Environment and Wildlife Division that manages environment and wildlife matters.

There are 19 Regional Offices and 126 Resident State Attorney (RSA) and Resident State Prosecutor (RSP) Offices under the Department of Field Operations. These offices have been established to bring criminal justice services closer to the people.

The Department of Field Operations is headed by Ms. Barbara Kawuma Bugembe – Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (ADPP).

ENVIRONMENT AND WILDLIFE DIVISION

The Environment and Wildlife Division is under the Department of Field Operations under the Directorate of Management Support Services.

Its key functional areas are; to coordinate the handling of cases involving wildlife crimes, to enhance coordination and cooperation in cases involving cross-border trafficking of wildlife species/products, and to coordinate trainings to enhance the knowledge and skills of prosecutors and police investigators on investigation and prosecution of wildlife and related crimes.

The division makes use of the Rapid Reference Guide on Investigations and Prosecution of Wildlife Crimes, 2021 in its operations. 

The division is based at the Head Office and is headed by Ms. Barbara Kawuma Bugembe – Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (ADPP).

REGIONAL OFFICES, RESIDENT STATE ATTORNEY AND RESIDENT STATE PROSECUTOR OFFICES

Regional Offices were established in February 2014 to streamline the operations of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and ensure efficiency, expeditious handling of cases and complaints, and effective supervision of upcountry stations (RSA and RSP stations). There are 19 Regional Offices and 127 RSA and RSP stations under them.

Why Regional Offices were created

a) To align ODPP structures with those of the Judiciary and the Police and to raise the designations at Resident Judge and Regional CID offices. The Regional Offices are created where there are High Court Circuits headed by Resident Judges.

b) For efficient and effective management and supervision because of increase in station numbers and staffing of field offices.

c) To improve the output of officers in field stations through mentoring and coaching from senior lawyers.

d) To decrease delays at the headquarters in processing files submitted from field stations for perusal or complaint handling.

e) To improve coordination and communication flows between the headquarters and field stations.

f) To expedite submission of monthly returns by officers and improve the quality of data collected (for preparation of timely and accurate ODPP performance reports).

Terms of reference for Regional Officers

a) Head the Regional Office and handle its day to day administrative duties.

b) Supervise Resident State Attorneys and Prosecutors in their regions and the staff directly under him/her.

 c) Coordinate, supervise and conduct prosecutions within the region.

 d) Receive and handle complaints from field offices.

 e) Ensure effective communication and coordination between field offices and headquarters.

 f) Monitor and enforce work ethics and integrity.

 g) Inspect stations in their regions from time to time and provide guidance to the staff.

 h) Ensure smooth working relationships with other stakeholders.

 i) Establish and maintain collaboration linkages with partners within the Criminal Justice System.

DEPARTMENT OF WITNESS PROTECTION AND VICTIM EMPOWERMENT

The Department of Witness Protection and Victim Empowerment falls under the Directorate of Management Support Services.

It is responsible for; assessment and admission of witnesses into the ODPP Witness Protection Program, protecting witnesses, monitoring witnesses in the Witness Protection Program; establishing witness protection facilities, establishing and maintaining a network of witness protection officers, conducting outreach programmes on witness protection, conducting inter-agency meetings, and coordination of witness protection and support.

In relation to victim empowerment, the department is responsible for developing a strategy for empowering witnesses and conducting public awareness on witnesses and victims of crime.

This department ensures the implementation of the ODPP Witness Protection Guidelines, 2019 and the ODPP Victims’ Rights and Empowerment Guidelines, 2019.

The Department is headed by Mr. Charles Richard Kaamuli – Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (ADPP).

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT

The Finance and Administration Department is under the Directorate of Management Support Services.

This department is responsible for issuing policy directions, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of ODPP policies, providing top level support in development of policy documents, holding public/stakeholder criminal justice interfaces in regard to prosecution policies, holding ODPP events, holding top management performance review retreats, managing human resource, procurements, accounts and audits.

The department has two divisions; Division of Human Resource Management responsible for managing the institution’s human resource, and the Division of Policy and Planning responsible for planning for the institution and policy direction.

In addition, the department has two sections; the Accounts Section that provides financial services and Internal Audit Section that oversees processes.

There are also two units in the department; the Procurement and Disposal Unit responsible for providing procurement and disposal services and the Estates Unit responsible for managing the institution’s land and other property.

The Department of Finance and Administration is under the stewardship of Ms. Agnes Kainza Nzogi – Undersecretary/Accounting Officer.

DIVISION OF POLICY AND PLANNING

The Division of Policy and Planning is under the Finance and Administration Department under the Directorate of Management Support Services.
Below are the functions of the division;

a) Hold consultative meetings to collect stakeholders’ views for the Budget Framework Paper (BFP) and Ministerial Policy Statement (MPS), Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) for amendment of Article 120 and the ODPP enabling law, and Mutual Legal Assistance Law.

b) Hold meetings to validate the integrated document information.

c) Prepare Cabinet memos and other documents for submission of policy documents.

d) Print copies of policy and planning documents for dissemination.

e) Disseminate policy and planning documents.

f) Hold consultative meetings to collect departmental reports.

g) Undertake field activities to establish facts on the ground.

h) Conduct monitoring and evaluation of implementation of ODPP Work Plans and Policy Statement.

i) Hold meetings to validate the integrated document information.

j) Print copies of the reports for dissemination.

k) Disseminate reports.

l) Review emerging crime and criminal justice stakeholder data needs.

m) Review data collection instruments, collection processes and procedures.

n) Monitor and evaluate usage of existing data collection instruments.

o) Evaluate emerging needs for comprehensive case management.

p) Carry out project feasibility studies, travel to field offices to establish facts on the ground, benchmark other projects, and review existing projects.

The Division of Policy and Planning is headed by Ms. Viola Mary Tucungwirwe – Principal Policy Analyst.

HUMAN RESOURCE DIVISION

The Human Resource Division falls under the Finance and Administration Department under the Directorate of Management Support Services.

The division is responsible for filling vacant posts, implementing performance management initiatives, establishing a staff training and development plan, staff training, implementing ODPP policies, rules, procedures and guidelines, and managing the ODPP internship program.

In addition, the division is responsible for conducting library users’ needs assessment on library usage, establishing regional libraries, acquiring and distributing reference and reading materials, subscribing to legal and prosecution online materials and inspecting regional libraries.

This division is headed by Mr. David Wajambuka Giboyi – Assistant Commissioner Human Resource Management – AC/HRM.

ACCOUNTS SECTION

The Accounts Section falls under the Finance and Administration Department under the Directorate of Management Support Services.

This section is responsible for providing financial services in the institution. More specifically, processing payments and producing financial reports.

The Accounts Section is headed by Ms. Agnes Kainza Nzogi – Accounting Officer/Undersecretary.

INTERNAL AUDIT SECTION

The Internal Audit Section falls under the Finance and Administration Department under the Directorate of Management Support Services.

Its mandate is to evaluate effectiveness of risk management and control environment and governance processes. It provides independent, objective assurance and consulting activities.

The section is headed by Mr. Eric Olum – Internal Auditor.

PROCUREMENT UNIT

The Procurement Unit is under the Department of Finance and Administration under the Directorate of Management Support Services. It is responsible for providing procurement and disposal services.

The unit holds Contracts Committee meetings, issues Local Purchase Orders (LPOs), facilitates payment of procured goods and services, and develops asset management strategic plans.

This unit is headed by Ms. Barbra Asio – Senior Procurement Officer (SPO).

ESTATES UNIT

The Estates Unit falls under the Finance and Administration Department under the Directorate of Management Support Services.

This unit is responsible for acquiring and managing the land and other property for the institution.

The Estates Unit is headed by Mr. Denis Byaruhanga – Principal Assistant Secretary (PAS).

DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

The Department of Information and Communication Technology is under the Directorate of Management Support Services.

This department is mandated to e     quip all ODPP offices with ICT facilities, link ODPP offices to ICT infrastructure, introduce the ODPP Prosecution Case Management Information System (PROCAMIS) and E-Services to all ODPP offices, train the end users on IT systems and services, maintain ICT Infrastructure, hardware and software, integrate PROCAMIS with the Management Information Systems of other Criminal Justice Institutions, monitor and evaluate ICT capital works, and equip all ODPP offices with CCTV systems.

The Department of Information and Communication Technology is headed by Mr. Julius Torach – Commissioner ICT.