Edward Muhumuza, the Witness Protection and Victims Empowerment Department in the office of the DPP expresses worry that their objective for Asset recovery could not be achieved due to poor sensitization of the public by all relevant stakeholders.
corruption levels, difficult systems and poor sensitization are hampering the
implementation of Asset Recovery, officials in the Directorate of Public
Prosecution (DPP) have revealed.
Asset recovery is a legally ordered process of seizing assets, property, or
money that has been associated with criminal activity. In Uganda, Asset
Recovery is dominant in the Anti-Corruption Unit, Uganda Revenue Authority and
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). However, two years ago government moved to
expand its implementation to cover all offences.
John Baptist Asiimwe, the Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions and
also the head of International Cooperation and Assets Recovery in the office of
the DPP, says that the intention of extending Asset Recovery to offences is to
make sure that once accused persons are convicted, the plaintiffs get
compensation in terms of money to help them start a new life than only
benefiting from the conviction of offenders.
He explains that applying Asset
recovery to all cases can make engaging in crime very risky and expensive for
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Asiimwe however says that the implementation of Assets Recovery is being affected
by some of the officers under the DPP who engage in corruption by receiving
bribes to suffocate cases.
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Asiimwe also says that the Ugandan law that supports Assets Recovery only
applies in form of a Conviction based system, where the convict is entitled to
first, serve their sentences and later the DPP moves to seize their assets. As a
result, convicts who have already served their sentences move fast to hide their
assets making it difficult for the DPP to seize.
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Edward Muhumuza, the Witness Protection and Victims Empowerment Department in
the office of the DPP expresses worry that their objective for Asset recovery
could not be achieved due to poor sensitization of the public by all relevant
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James Mugisha, the Kabale District Principal Assistant Secretary and Adrine
Asingwire, the Rubanda District Principal Assistant Secretary wondered how
Asset Recovery can apply to a convict who has been declared bankrupt.