MR. ODUMBI JAMES OWERE
Ag. Deputy DPP - Prosecution
Odumbi James Owere is the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions – International Affairs. He heads the Directorate of International Affairs. He assumed his current position in March 2020.
He joined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as a Pupil State Attorney on 11th August 1994. He served as Resident State Attorney in several Districts and was confirmed in service on 22nd August 1997. On 11th February 2002 he obtained accelerated promotion to the rank of Principal State Attorney.
On 1st December 2003 Mr. Odumbi was seconded to the Inspectorate of Government to help in building capacity. He was appointed as Head of Prosecution Unit and elevated to a Senior Principal Inspectorate Officer in an Acting Capacity. The secondment was recalled in February 2007 and Mr. Odumbi was appointed to Head the Fraud Unit of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
While he was Head of the Fraud Unit, Mr. Odumbi got promoted to the Rank of Senior Principal State Attorney on 16th August 2007. He oversaw the Millennium Challenge Account Threshold Program in the Directorate and also coordinated Global Funds, and NAADs investigations. The latter led to a number of very successful prosecutions and recovery of lost funds before the Anti-Corruption Court.
In October 2011, Mr. Odumbi obtained a two-year contract assignment with the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTF) as an Expert Prosecutor in the Gambia. He obtained leave without pay, and on completion of his assignment returned to the Directorate in October 2013. He was appointed to help set up and Head the newly created Land Crimes Department. A task he executed perfectly well.
On 17 December 2015 Mr. Odumbi was appointed to the rank of Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions and tasked to Head the Inspectorate and Quality Assurance Department of the Institution. On 4 September 2017, he was elevated to the rank of Principal Assistant Director and placed in charge of the Directorate of Inspections, Quality Assurance, Research and Training (IQA/R&T). Mr. Odumbi continues to Head the Directorate of IQA/R&T, while also participating in other key Top Management engagements and assignments. Key amongst them is managing the contract, and implementation of Prosecution Case Administration and Management Information System (PROCAMIS), a strategic Management and information system technology, operating in the Office of the DPP.
On 24th February 2020 Mr. Odumbi was elevated to the position of Deputy Director in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Mr. Odumbi is a holder of an LLB (Hons) of Makerere University of 1992, a post Graduate Diploma from Law Development Centre of 1993, and was enrolled as an advocate of the Courts of Judicature of Uganda, on 24th January 1996.
Over the years, Mr Odumbi has attended several specialized professional development programs in areas of criminal investigations, prosecutions, trial advocacy and general management. He holds a diploma and is a Trainer of Trainers in Trial advocacy. He has extensively trained in investigations, prosecutions and management of white collar crimes, financial and economic crimes, fraud and cyber-crime.
Mr. Odumbi also, holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies (DIMA) from the Uganda Management Institute (UMI), Kampala of September 2004, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) of Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI) of November 2015.
Mr. Odumbi has handled and continues to handle several delicate, high profile and complex cases for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions at various levels of the Criminal Justice Process.