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Team bonding

The Director of Public Prosecutions Justice Mike Chibita visited the regions of Mbarara and Masaka on the 27th and 28th of November 2015 respectively.

The theme of the event was team building.

On 27th November, all staff under the regional office of Mbarara converged at Igongo Culture center. Mr. John Baptist Asiimwe, the Regional officer welcomed everyone to Mbarara. And  on 28th the team met at Tropic Inn Hotel and the staff under Masaka region were welcomed by Mr. Simon Semalemba  Both regional officers enlightened the DPP about the successes and challenges of the region since inception.

The Director Justice Mike Chibita in his speech inspired all staff members to strive to do better for good things are yet to come. The guest speaker, Mr. Paul Kyama encouraged people to embrace change and to blossom wherever they are planted in both professional and personal lives.

The A.g Asst DPP, Mr. Vincent Wagona told members about restructuring and how it is beneficial to all staff.

In the afternoon, members gathered outdoors for a question and answer session which was very informative and hilarious. The day was wound up with a cocktail which was also well attended by stake holders of the justice system.

 

Compiled by;

Irene Nakimbugwe

Deputy Public Relations officer - DPP

HIV/ AIDS is not only a health problem but a development problem because it targets the most treasured resource in the workplace, i.e. the human resource.

For this reason the HIV/ Aids committee was set up as an initiative of the President’s office and Uganda Aids Commission to support Government’s program of addressing HIV issues at the workplace, among several of the interventions being the annual celebration of the HIV AIDs commemoration day. This year’s celebrations were held at the office of the Resident State Attorney, Nakawa on Friday 10th of July 2015.  

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mike J. Chibita, called on the staff to take advantage of the available opportunity to receive counseling and test for HIV as “knowledge is power”. Most of the Directorate’s workforce are at a vulnerable stage and need proper information in order to take the right decisions concering their health. 

The core concerns of the DPP HIV AIDS Committee are:

  1. Know your status
  2. A stigma free working environment
  3. Zero discrimination 
  4. Care and support programs

The Committee participates in celebrations of both National and International HIV events, is involved in monitoring and carrying out support supervision in DPP field stations, distribution of literature and condoms and is currently reviewing the DPP policy on HIV and AIDS.

In partnership with Uganda Aids Commission and Uganda Cares, the staff received the following free services:

  1. HIV Counselling and testing
  2. Cervical cancer screening
  3. Hepatitis B testing
  4. Checking of body mass index

There was also a motivational talk from Dr. Watiti Stephen who took the staff through the current trends in HIV.

The Chair of the Committee is Ms. Caroline Hope Nabaasa, an Ag. Assistant DPP and Regional Officer for Nakawa.

 

Plea bargaining experts visit the Directorate for follow up discussions on the project:

The office of the DPP hosted experts from Pepperdine University on Wednesday, 8th of July 2015 at 2.30 p.m. for a follow up discussion with State Attorneys on the use of plea bargaining in the criminal justice system.

The Experts led by Professor Jim Gash, fielded questions from the Attorneys regarding various aspects of the plea bargaining pilot project that is under implementation by the Judiciary and in which the Directorate is an active player.

Some of the issues discussed related to the use of plea bargaining as an investigative tool, how the prosecutors can incorporate the aspect of compensation within the plea agreements and the role of the prosecutors as representatives of the victims of crime.

The meeting was a follow up to the 1st plea bargaining conference that was held the previous day at Imperial Royale Hotel. Visit the JLOS Website on www.jlos.go.ug for further information on this.

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:00

EXTRADITION OF JAMIL MUKULU

Jamil Mukulu, currently 61 was born in Ntoke village Ntenjeru Sub County, Kayunga District.

Though originally catholic by faith, he later converted to Islam and finally formed Allied Democratic Front (ADF) rebel group in 1989 to fight and overthrow government and citing what he described as discrimination against Muslims in Uganda. He’s a fluent speaker of Arabic, Swahili and English and very fine orator who can move and convene crowds to follow him.

At the time, he was considered the overall leader of the salaf section of Tabliq Muslims.  This propelled him to prominence at the time when he engaged with police in running battle in fight against the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council at Old Kampala which left several policemen and police dogs dead.

The formation of ADF saw this group commit a series of attacks and atrocities against Uganda which included the following;

(i)    1986 attack on Mponde trading centre in Kasese which left several Ugandans dead.

(ii)    10/10/1997 two teachers were abducted and killed by ADF in Bugoya Sub county Kasese.

(iii)    31/10/1997 – Abducted 19 students from St. Johns Seminary Kasese.

(iv)    8/06/1990, ADF attacked Kichwamba technical college, killing 80 students and abducting over 80.

(v)    By August 11, 1998, a total of over 366 children in Kasese were reported to be have abducted by ADF.

(vi)    11/12/1999 ADF attacked UPDF barracks in Bundibugyo, releasing 365 inmates from Katojo prison in Fort portal.  4 UPDF soldiers were killed in this attack.

(vii)    17/01/2000, 25 people were massacred and 17 injured when ADF attacked Kirindi IDP camp in Bundibugyo.

(viii)    January 15, 2015 investigation by police into a wave of murders of Muslim religious leaders and robberies in Busoga region linked suspects arrested to ADF.  It was also established that killings were sectarian in nature and carried by salaf sect  (ADF linked) gangs against Muslims of other sects who were referred to as ‘snakes’

MULTIPLE IDENTITIES
JAMIL MUKULU has been on the security radar for a long while, since formation of the ADF rebel group in 1989.  He, however, managed to elude security by use of over 10 different passports, names, and facial identities.  In some of the facial identities, he uses lenses, bald heads, etc.

He holds passports for several countries including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Britain etc.  He also holds and uses a variety of names in various passports mentioned above which include the following;
-    Jamil Alilabaki
-    Lwanga Tomas Musisi
-    Kityo James Musoke
-    Jjungu Abdallah
-    Jjunju Abdalla (Kenyan driver’s permit)
-    Nyanzi Yafesi Phillip
-    Lumu Nicholas
-    Jalius Mashairi – Tanzanian citizen
-    Kalamire Patanguli – British
-    David Amos Mazengo – Tanzania

RED NOTICE
Following the commission of the above listed atrocities and others within Uganda and DR Congo, a red Notice was issued by Interpol against JAMIL MUKULU in February 2011, putting him on the global list of the most wanted.

In October 2011, the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control froze all Mukulu’s assets and banned its citizens from any dealings with him.

LINKS TO AL-SHABAAB
The United Nations report of 2012 on armed forces in the DR Congo clearly linked ADF to Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda terror groups.

It should be noted that the ADF is listed in the scheduling of the Anti-terrorism Act of Uganda as a terrorist organisation.

ARREST IN TANZANIA
Early this year, Jamil Mukulu was arrested in Daresalaam Tanzania and has since been detained.

Following the arrest of JAMIL MUKULU by the Tanzanian authorities, the Ugandan government filed an extradition request for his return to Uganda to stand trial for atrocities committed.

The extradition request specifically singled out 7 Counts of murder relating to recent attacks in Busoga for Muslim leaders.

After protracted trial, the Principal Resident Magistrate of Kisutu Magistrates Court in Daresalaam His worship Cyprian Mkeha, on 25/06/2015, granted the Extradition order to the Attorney General of Tanzania at the request of the Ugandan Government.

However, the grant of this extradition order was subjected to another order for appeal.  The fugitive was permitted to appeal and exhaust this process before he is returned to Uganda.

JAMIL MUKULU’s defence lawyer Mr Martin Rwehumbizi is expected to file a notice of appeal within the 15 days granted by the trial magistrate, courted from 25/06/2015.

It’s expected that this appeal will run through all the appeal courts up to the court of Appeal of the United Republic of Tanzania, which is the highest appellate courts.

This process may last for several months.

Preparations to resume the first trial of an ex rebel commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) for serious crimes committed in a war situation are underway following the long awaited decision of the Supreme Court in Constitutional Appeal No.1 of 2012, Attorney General V Thomas Kwoyelo delivered on 8th April 2015. It is a historical trial which presents opportunities and challenges for the Ugandan criminal justice system and lessons for the rest of the international community in the realities of prosecuting international crimes at a national or domestic level.  

The constitutional court had upheld Kwoyelo’s objections to his trial before the International crimes Division of the High Court (ICD) that his trial was unconstitutional because he was entitled to amnesty like other rebel commanders who had been earlier granted the same. The constitutional court agreed with him that his trial was unconstitutional and ordered the ICD to stop prosecuting him immediately. The Attorney General appealed to the Supreme Court which has now given the ICD the go ahead to resume trial after holding, among other things that Uganda is bound by her international obligations not to subject international crimes to amnesty. 

Thomas Kwoyelo is charged with 12 counts of offences under the Geneva Act and 53 alternative counts under various sections of the Penal Code Act. The gist of the prosecution case against him is that he was one of the middle level commanders in the LRA who rose through the ranks up to that of Colonel by the time he was captured by the UPDF in 2008. During that time several atrocities were committed against the people of Northern Uganda especially among the Acholi in the present day Gulu and Amuru Districts and the DPPs office contends that he planned, commanded and or executed the attacks.   

In July 2011, he was produced before the ICD sitting in Gulu for his trial to start. The indictment of 12 counts under the Geneva conventions Act of Uganda and 53 alternative counts under the Ugandan Penal Code Act were read to him in English with the help of an interpreter. 

The offences under the Geneva conventions Act include wilful killing, extensive destruction of property and abduction while the alternative counts include murder, kidnap and robbery. 

He pleaded not guilty to all the charges, before an overflowing court room. 

His appearance attracted a lot of attention, locally and internationally.

The Supreme Court’s resolution of the legal hurdle of the amnesty law has opened the way for the continuation of this case. 

 

 

 

Thursday, 11 June 2015 00:00

Environmental Law Enforcement Regional Workshops

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The Directorate of Public Prosecutions has partnered with the Ministry of Water and Environment, Greenwich (an Environmental Rights Advocacy Group), National Forestry Authority (NFA) and the Judiciary in organizing regional workshops aimed at improving the enforcement of environmental laws and Regulations in Uganda.

These workshops are intended for judicial officers, State Attorneys and Prosecutors, and the environmental protection police.

The first workshop was held in Masaka for officers from the Sub Region, from 26th to 28th of May 2015 at Hotel Brovad. 10 State Attorneys from the DPP’s filed stations attended the workshop. Three officers from the Headquarters facilitated at the workshops. These were Emmanuel Muwonge (Principal State Attorney), Florence Akello Owinji (Principal State Attorney) and David Ateenyi Ndamuraani (Ag. Assistant DPP in charge of Mbale Region).

The workshop was officially opened by the Minister of State for Water and Environement, Hon. Flavia Munaaba and closed by David Ndamuraani on behalf of the DPP, Mike J. Chibita.

Copies of their presentations are available here.

The next Regional workshop is scheduled for 10th to 12th of June 2015 at Hoima Resort Hotel. 10 State Attorneys from the Region are expected to attend the training. 

The Terrorism Trial in respect of the twin bombings that occurred in Kampala in 2010 resumed at the Kampala High Court on 8th June 2015 before Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo.

A team of Senior Prosecutors from the office of the DPP turned up at the Court fully robed to show support for the prosecuting team and also pay tribute to their fallen colleague, the late Joan Kagezi who was the lead prosecutor in this case. The trial stalled when she was brutally murdered on her way home, the day before she was scheduled to appear in Court for further hearing of the case on 31st March 2015.

Leading the team was the Director of Public Prosecutions himself, Mike J Chibita, flanked by the two Deputy Directors, Amos Ngolobe and Charles Elem Ogwal. Other members of the support team were James Owere, Ag. Asst. DPP (Head of Lands Department), Abodo Jane Frances, Ag. Asst. DPP (Head of the Anti-Corruption Department), Jane Okuo, Ag. Asst. DPP (PRO) David Ndamurani, Ag. Asst. DPP (Mbale Region) and Charles Kaamuli, Ag. Chief State Attorney (Head of the War Crimes Department).

In his opening remarks, the DPP stated that their appearance in Court was to further assure the Public and the Court itself that his office remains fully committed to prosecuting the case to its logical conclusion. Further, that the office constitutes over 300 lawyers all of whom are ready to take up the call of duty if and when called upon.

The newly constituted team is headed by Susan Okalany (Ag. Asst. DPP) John Baptiste Asiimwe (Ag. Asst. DPP), Anguzu Lino (Ag. Chief State Attorney), Rachel Bikhole (Principal State Attorney) and Thomas Jatiko (Principal State Attorney).

The 12 accused persons are charged with several counts of murder and Terrorism arising from the bombings which targeted football fans who were watching the world cup finals at Kyadondo Rugby club and the Ethiopian Village restaurant. 76 people lost their lives and scores were injured for which Alshabaab claimed responsibility.   

DPP staff members have set up a staff savings and co-operative society as a way of mobilizing funds through staff savings which can later be accessed through loans by the members to undertake projects such as: - land / property acquisition, construction, starting-up capital for various businesses, farming, paying school fees etc.

The SACCO has registered over 55 members, who have to date contributed a significant amount towards the fund. This is a good start as the Interim Committee has a target of registering over 400 DPP member staff within a period of two years.

An interim Committee was set up and mandated to carry out the preliminary stages of registration and collection of members’ contributions and also to ensure that the DPP SACCO is fully registered by the appropriate bodies under the governing laws. The Interim Committee comprises of :- Mr Wagona Vincent as the Chairman, Mrs. Benedette Nalule as the Vice Chairman, Emmanuel Muwonge as the General Secretary, Ms. Florence Akello Owinji as the Treasurer, Mr. Ntalo Nasur as the Representative of State Attorneys, Ms. Kirunda Betty as the Representative of the Administration Staff and Ms. Akite Miriam as the Representative of Prosecutors.

Therefore any intending new member is therefore free to contact any of the above members and inquire about the process of registration or go direct to the Treasurer who would receive the payment and issue a receipt as proof of payment.

In order to create a substantial fund with which to borrow from or undertake any investments, the DPP Staff SACCO intends to rely among others on the members’ contributions like: - The membership/Subscription fee of Uganda Shillings 50,000/= (Fifty Thousand shillings only), Minimum of 5 shares, each share costing Uganda Shs. 20,000/= (Twenty thousand shillings only) and a minimum monthly saving of Uganda Shillings 50,000/= (Fifty thousand shillings only). The DPP staff SACCO also intends to source for funds from the Micro-Finance Support Centre, which are usually offered at relatively low interest rate compared which the members can access in form of loans. 

Like other government institution based staff SACCOs’ i.e.-the Wazelendo SACCO of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces, Exodus SACCO of police, the Law Reform Staff SACCO and the Uganda Prisons’ staff SACCO, which have The fund seeks to improve the staff welfare through availing hassle free loans at relatively low interest rates compared to the commercial bank lending rates and investing part of members’ savings with a view of making a profit. The profit made would be paid back to the members in form of dividends or recouped back into the fund.

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