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Today 1st August 2022, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Jane Frances Abodo has handed over ten (10) out of thirteen (13) vehicles received from the government to hard to reach stations in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP). The stations include Bundibugyo, Kanungu, Kaabong, Nakapiripirit, Amolatar, Kabale, Moroto, Kotido, Mbale Resident State Attorney Offices and Luwero Regional Office.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, the DPP said, the Top Management decided to prioritise hard to reach stations due to the difficulty in accessing them and insecurity in some of the areas. She explained that the vehicles would enhance prosecution services as they would ensure the availability of the Prosecutors at their stations and in court. She thanked the government for funding the purchase of the vehicles.

 

Mr. John Baptist Asiimwe, the Deputy DPP – Management Support Services observed that, “Transport as a component of welfare affects performance.” He cautioned the recipients of the vehicles against using them for unofficial duties.

 

The Accounting Officer/Undersecretary, Ms. Kainza Agnes Nzogi stressed that the purchase of the vehicles was prioritised to facilitate the movement of the Prosecutors, ease their work, ensure their safety and the safety of case files. She cautioned the recipients against moving with the vehicles upon transfer to other stations and abuse of right of way on the road.

 

The ceremony was held at the office of the Resident State Attorney, Nakawa.

 

Jacquelyn Okui

Public Relations Officer

 

 

Monday, 18 July 2022 00:00

Hope International Conference and Gala

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The Hope Event; Hope International Conference and Gala was held to create awareness to end child sacrifice and human trafficking in Uganda and worldwide, and to bring multiple stakeholders to dialogue about rescue of victims of child sacrifice and human trafficking, prosecution of suspects, rehabilitation of victims, and building momentum to combat the heinous crimes.

During the conference, it was noted that the following were imperative to combat human trafficking and child sacrifice among others:

- Address theology, greed, witch doctors’ presence and weak government systems.
- Resource stakeholders to enable them effectively fight the crimes.
- Establish a Prosecutors’ Academy for Prosecutors to keep learning, sharing, and enhancing their skills.
- Enhance punishments for convicts.
- Have special sessions for the cases.
- Build and resource shelters for victims.
- Deal with the root causes of the crimes such as poverty, conflict, discrimination etc.
- Synergize and consolidate efforts of various stakeholders to respond in a robust and coordinated manner.
- Pass the Witness Protection Bill into law and avail resources for its implementation.

At the Gala, Kyampisi Child care Ministries (KCM) under the leadership of Mr. Peter Sewakiryanga presented awards to the DPP Jane Frances Abodo and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in recognition of their hard work in the fight against human trafficking and child sacrifice.

Other beneficiaries of the awards include Justice Mike Chibita - Justice of the Supreme Court, Hope Nakirijja- a child sacrifice survivor, Coalition of Prevention of Trafficking in Persons (COPTIP), the Human Trafficking Institute, AIGP Akullo Grace among others.

Jacquelyn Okui
PRO-ODPP

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ODPP AND EVOLVE - FILA SIGN MOU TO ESTABLISH VIRTUAL PROSECUTORS’ ACADEMY

 

Kampala. Monday 13th June 2022. The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and EVOLVE – Foundation for International Legal Assistance (FILA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a Virtual Prosecutors’ Academy.

Evolve - FILA is a UK registered charity and criminal justice development organisation with the aim of improving access to justice, building the capacity of individuals and institutions, and promoting efficiency, integrity, and fairness within the criminal justice sector of Uganda.

 

Under the MOU, EVOLVE - FILA in collaboration with the ODPP shall design and handover an online course platform, syllabus, course content and other resources for training use, a range of updateable reference resources for prosecutors, deliver pilot training of a sample of prosecutors, and training of prosecutorial trainers, and conduct monitoring and evaluation of prosecutorial training effectiveness.

Speaking about the benefits of the academy, the DPP Jane Frances Abodo said, “The Prosecutors will be trained on the emerging trends in criminal activity, acquire new prosecutorial skills suitable for the 21st century, become trainers of trainers, and train other criminal justice actors. The academy will reach all prosecutors in every area of Uganda, and greatly reduce the costs and logistics involved in physical training.”

Mr. Alex Bennie, Barrister and Director of Programmes for EVOLVE - FILA who attended remotely from the UK said, “Prosecutors are the backbone of a Criminal Justice System, and as a criminal justice development organisation, it is essential that EVOLVE supports them.” Alex Bennie will head up delivery of the project.

Mr. Kibirige Apollo Kasujja, the Senior Project Coordinator at EVOLVE - FILA also said, “The signing of the MOU is a milestone on the journey of a great partnership towards achievement of a common goal of improving access to justice, promotion of integrity, fairness and efficiency in the Criminal Justice System in Uganda.”

 

The British High Commissioner, Her Excellency Kate Airey said, “I believe that this Virtual Prosecutors’ Academy will play a vital role in the improvement of professional skills and potentially broaden job-based specialisation in tackling crime for improved business climate and law and order.”

EVOLVE – FILA will be funded to offer the technical assistance to the ODPP by the UK Government through ROLE UK.

 

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Jacquelyn Okui

Public Relations Officer

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Tel: 0741244147

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Kibirige Apollo Kasujja

Ag. Communications Officer

EVOLVE - FILA

Tel: 0703446214

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 LAUNCH OF THE 5TH STRATEGIC PLAN OF THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS

Today 31st May 2022, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Wilson Muruli Mukasa has launched the 5th Strategic Plan of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) under the theme, “Streamlined, Efficient and Effective Prosecutions for Sustainable Socio–economic Transformation.” The Strategic Plan will provide the guiding framework and broad direction for the ODPP for the period 2021/2022 to 2025/2026.

 

The plan details the strategic direction for the ODPP for the aforementioned five years, presents the interventions and activities that will be conducted by each department within the ODPP, the costed implementation arrangements that draw up a risk and mitigation mechanism, the communication and financing plan and the Monitoring and Evaluation, Learning Framework for the ODPP to follow–up on its implementation and results.

 

Speaking at the launch, the Director of Public Prosecutions Jane Frances Abodo said, “The plan will guide prosecutorial agencies in Uganda to conduct, exercise and perform their powers under a coordinated, cohesive, fair, transparent and consistent justice system with the aim of enhancing public confidence in the criminal justice system and ensuring a crime free society, which are critical for Uganda’s socio–economic transformation.”

 

The Hon. Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs noted that there would be need for sufficient resource allocation to ensure that the strategies in the plan are realised. He pledged the ministry’s continued commitment to support the ODPP in order to ensure successful implementation of the plan. He further said, “I hope to see a better and more vibrant ODPP with more output that will increase the confidence of the beneficiaries.”

Ms. Sharon Nyambe, the Head of Office, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said, “In the framework of our new programme, UNODC will support the ODPP build capacity in the area of cybercrime, combatting illicit flows, money laundering, and recovery of proceeds of crime.”

UNODC is partnering with the ODPP and will support the dissemination of the Strategic Plan in a bid to ensure its implementation.

 

Jacquelyn Okui

Public Relations Officer

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The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have launched “Guidelines on Investigations and Prosecutions of Wildlife Crimes in Uganda” at Garden Hotel–Entebbe today.

 

The Guidelines (Rapid Reference Guide) will provide a roadmap for prosecutors, investigators and other key stakeholders on how to implement the new Uganda Wildlife Act 2020, with an emphasis on drafting of charges and adhering to prosecutorial standard operating procedures while handling such cases.

 

At the launch, the Deputy DPP (Prosecutions), Mr. Charles Elem–Ogwal noted that, the tourist sector in Uganda is one of the most lucrative sources of revenue and employment, however this has been hampered by the significant increase of wildlife crimes over the years. The crimes have taken on the character of international organized crimes facilitated by syndicated criminal gangs engaged in transnational money laundering and transnational activities.  He underscored the importance of the Guidelines as a tool in curbing wildlife crime.

 

The Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Education and Conservative Center (UWEC), Dr. James Musinguzi officiated the launch of the Guidelines and remarked that Uganda is a country rich in biodiversity, but wildlife crime especially illegal wildlife is challenging the conservation efforts in Uganda.  He welcomed the Guidelines and noted that they will go a long way in contributing towards the effective investigations, prosecutions and adjudication of wildlife crimes.

 

 

 

Jacquelyn Okui

 

Public Relations Officer

 

 The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) with support from the Human Trafficking Institute has launched the ODPP Trafficking   in   Persons   Prosecution   Guidelines, for   effective   handling   of Trafficking in Persons cases.

 

The Trafficking in Persons Prosecution Guidelines are offered to aid Ugandan prosecutors working to prevent and combat Trafficking in Persons, protect and assist victims, and effectively cooperate with other stakeholders in doing so.

 

These Guidelines highlight effective practices and techniques in every phase of the prosecution process and will be used as a practical guide and training tool for Ugandan prosecutors.

 

Speaking at the launch, the DPP Jane Frances Abodo who was the Chief Guest said, When prosecuting Trafficking in Persons cases, it is expected that prosecutors will follow these Guidelines to strategize, plan, prepare, and equip themselves with the right foundation to be successful. It is this foundation that will lead to better results in the prosecution of these cases, both in terms of victim support and in aggressive punishment of traffickers in Uganda.”

 

She further said, “When prosecutors aggressively pursue and have traffickers, punished, victims receive justice and community safety increases significantly for the most vulnerable.”

 

The Hon the Principle Judge commended the ODPP for the milestone towards criminal justice.

 

Jacquelyn Okui

Public Relations Officer

 

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 00:00

ODPP LAUNCHES PROSECUTOR PLEA BARGAIN GUIDELINES

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The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) with support from UN Women has launched Prosecutor Plea Bargain Guidelines.

 

The main objective of the Guidelines is to streamline the processes to be followed by prosecutors in conducting plea bargain and to enhance the efficiency of the criminal justice system for orderly, predictable, uniform, consistent and timely resolution of criminal matters.

 

They contain principles of plea bargaining, types of plea bargaining, the law applicable to the process, an outline of the plea bargaining process, contents of the plea bargain agreement, and its execution, monitoring and evaluation of the plea bargain procedure, as well as the roles of the parties involved in plea bargaining, their rights, and support systems.

 

“The Prosecutor Plea Bargain Guidelines are intended to train and build the capacity of all stakeholders in the criminal justice system and in particular – Prosecutors, Judicial Officers, Defence Lawyers, Police and Prisons Officers on the objectives and procedures of plea bargaining which are human rights based, victim/survivor centred and gender sensitive,” said the DPP Jane Frances Abodo at the launch.

 

On behalf of the Judiciary, the Hon the Principal Judge Dr. Flavian Zeija embraced the Guidelines as a remedy for injustices that were being caused during the process, particularly unfair sentences.

 

Dr. Benson Oketch, the Chief Guest who represented the UN Women Country Representative at the launch said, “The Guidelines are intended to elevate the survivors’ voices by allowing them to participate in the plea bargain process.”

 

The DPP expressed her gratitude to UN Women, EU–UN Spotlight Initiative and the Embassy of Sweden for the financial support towards the development of the Guidelines.

 

 

 

Jacquelyn Okui

 

Public Relations Officer

 

 

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS LAUNCHES CHILD FRIENDLY ROOMS IN KABALE, MBARARA AND MASAKA

 

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has launched child friendly rooms at its regional offices in Kabale, Mbarara and Masaka. The launch of the child friendly room in Kabale took place on 19th May 2021, presided over by Hon. Justice Moses Kazibwe, the Resident Judge of Kabale, who was the Chief Guest.  The launch of the Mbarara and Masaka child friendly rooms took place today 20th May 2021, presided over by Ms. Rachael Odoi, the Senior Technical Advisor, Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS).

 

In the course of its work, the ODPP encounters children who come into contact with the law as child victims of crime, child witnesses to crime, and children in conflict with the law (juvenile offenders). Therefore, it is the duty of the prosecutors in the ODPP to prepare child victims and witnesses so that their voices can be heard in judicial proceedings.

 

Speaking at the event, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr. Vincent Wagona noted that previously prosecutors faced numerous challenges when preparing children for court because some of the children would get timid, freak out or simply keep quiet when asked to narrate their ordeals in open spaces with adults. It became very difficult to get any evidence of child witnesses and some of the cases would be lost in court as a result.

 

Mr. Wagona further observed that a couple of ODPP trainings with Children at Risk Action Network (CRANE), an organisation that deals with children, revealed that children needed child friendly environments to be able to open up and tell their stories during judicial proceedings, resulting in the birth of child friendly rooms.

 

 

 

Mr. Wagona further said that with support from the Children at Risk Action Network (CRANE), the ODPP launched its first ever child friendly room at the head office. Subsequently, the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) has supported the roll out of these rooms to the ODPP regional offices, for which the ODPP is very grateful. He also appreciated the Department of Gender, Children and Sexual Offences headed by the Assistant DPP, Samali Wakooli, for their efforts towards the establishment of the rooms.

 

These rooms are used as reception and holding spaces for child victims, witnesses before their appearance in court, preparation rooms for victims and witnesses for court, by the prosecutors, interview rooms for child victims and witnesses, therapeutic rooms for emotional healing, rooms for child offenders in the event that there is need for them to come to the ODPP and rooms for children who are at risk and may be in need of advice and support.

 

Indeed, with the creation of these rooms, it has come to light that the children who are prepared for court in this kind of environment tend to give better evidence in court thus reducing on the number of cases lost due to failure of children to testify.

 

“More cases can now be successfully prosecuted because children can now easily tell their ordeals.” said Ms. Faith Kembabazi, the Executive Director, CRANE.

 

Ms. Rachael Odoi, the Senior Technical Advisor, JLOS, observed that international law and practice emphasize promotion of child friendly procedures in the justice system whereby children who come into contact with the law, as victims of crime, witnesses of crime or those in conflict with the law, are supposed to be treated with dignity, and respect. They require that in handling cases which involve children, the children’s best interests should be a primary consideration and they should be treated in a child friendly manner. On behalf of JLOS, she pledged their continued support to the ODPP in promoting good practices that enhance access to justice for all. “JLOS looks forward to entrenching the child friendly procedures and practices in all institutions that deal with children in their daily work,” she said.

 

Justice Moses Kazibwe appreciated the initiative of the child friendly room in the ODPP and the institutions involved. He advocated for the other institutions in the justice chain handling children; the Judiciary and the Uganda Police Force to benefit from the initiative.

 

 

 

Jacquelyn Okui

 

Public Relations Officer

 

 

 

Thursday, 29 April 2021 00:00

THE ODPP/ CID COORDINATION MEETING

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THE ODPP/ CID COORDINATION MEETING

 

Today the 29th of April 2021, the Office of the DPP with support from JLOS are hosting their quarterly ODPP - CID coordination meeting at Hotel Africana.

 

The main agenda of the meeting is to assess the role of the ODPP and UPF in managing electoral offences that emanated from the previous elections of January 2021.

 

The meeting was attended by Top & Senior Management of ODPP headed by Justice Jane Frances Abodo, Officers from the Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID) headed by AIGP Grace Akullo, Representatives from UPDF headed by General Henry Masiko and the Chief Executive Officer from Uganda Law Society (ULS).

 

The ODPP/CID coordination meetings are usually a self reflection of the currently prevailing issues in society and the engagement enables the actors to take stock and pave the way forward in upholding the rule of law.

 

In her presentation, the Asst. DPP Ms. Barbara Kawuma stated that the Electoral offences unit in the ODPP was set up in August 2021 to specifically handle the electoral process of January 2021. She noted that the unit has so far as of March 2021 registered over 350 cases, where majority are on further inquiries.

 

In his presentation D/SSP Moses Taremwa from UPF articulated the numerous challenges faced by the Force during the election process such as lack of human resource to man all the political centers. Lack of protective gear for the police officers who were usually attacked by civilians and wrong elements while carrying out their mandate of maintaining law and order in communities.

 

 The CEO of ULS Mr. Moses Okwalinga noted that as ULS they are concerned about the selective prosecution of opposition members visa vie the ruling party. ULS further noted that the media was awash with stories and scenes of security agencies mating violence on civilians and members of the public. The Society pledged to work together with other stakeholders in promoting civic education in preparation of the next elections.

 

The meeting resolved to open the lines of communication and have more engagements with all stakeholders in order to make the electoral process smooth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DPP SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH SPACE FOR GIANTS

 

Today the 3rd of March 2021, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Justice Jane Frances Abodo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Space for Giants (SFG) to strengthen the ability of the Office of the DPP to handle cases involving wildlife crimes.

 

The MOU was signed in the boardroom of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) in a meeting attended by Mr. Katto Wambua, Wildlife Justice and Rule of Law Manager, Space for Giants, Mr. Justus Karuhanga, Country Representative, Space for Giants, Mr. Charles Elem–Ogwal, Deputy DPP (Prosecutions), Mr. Odumbi James Owere, Deputy DPP (International Affairs), Ms. Barbra Kawuma Bugembe, Assistant DPP/Head, Environmental and Wildlife Crime Division, Thomas Jatiko, Assistant DPP, International Crimes among others, chaired by the DPP.

 

Space for Giants is an international conservation non–governmental organisation based in Africa and committed to supporting governments to protect wildlife and Africa’s critical landscapes/ecosystem from ever–increasing pressures and wildlife crime. It collaborates with national and regional authorities on prosecution, law reform, wildlife management, policing and judicial authorities as well as international agencies and national, regional and international NGOs.

 

In her remarks, the DPP noted that the signing of the MOU was the beginning of an esteemed and privileged partnership between the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions – Uganda and Space for Giants.

 

She said, “Wildlife crimes have the potential to affect the natural ecosystem, communities and livelihoods. Wildlife crimes can also be transnational, implying that the sources of financing are syndicates of international organised criminals. The danger with this, is that some of these syndicates could end up financing other serious crimes like terrorism and arms trade. It is for this reason that the

 

 

 

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions – Uganda has taken a keen interest in wildlife crime by setting up a specialised division based at the head office to handle and coordinate the management of all cases involving wildlife crimes. The division also monitors and assesses the management and prosecution of cases involving wildlife crimes by delegated prosecutors.”

 

The DPP thanked Space for Giants for the initiative and pledged to ensure that the Office of the DPP meets its end of the partnership. 

 

On behalf of Space for Giants, Mr. Katto Wambua, the Wildlife Justice and Rule of Law Manager at Space for Giants pledged to support the Wildlife Division of the Office of the DPP, scale it up to the regions and equip it. He further pledged to build the capacity of the Prosecutors and other stakeholders in handling cases involving wildlife crimes, support law reform proposals and international cooperation.

 

Mr. Katto Wambua thanked the DPP for affording Space for Giants the opportunity to consolidate its strategy.

 

Under the MOU, Space for Giants will assist the ODPP to strengthen and improve its ability to discharge its mandate through operationalization of the ODPP Wildlife Crime Prosecution Department, capacity building, developing a Wildlife Crime Training Curriculum and related educational materials, law reform, supporting regional and international legal cooperation mechanisms, enhancing case work standards and internal mechanisms for case management, and prosecutors’ awards.

 

 

 

Jacquelyn Okui

 

Public Relations Officer – ODPP

 

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