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DPP Seeks UGX 6b for Security of Staff, Assets

The DPP accounting officer, Vincent Wagona explained that prosecutors, buildings and assets are increasingly facing high-security risks that require the deployment of security equipment, vehicles and personnel."

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The Directorate of Public Prosecutions- DPP is demanding an allocation of shillings 5.8 billion for security of its staff and assets.

The DPP accounting officer, Vincent Wagona told the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee that its staff especially prosecutors, buildings and assets are increasingly facing high-security risks that requires installation of security equipment, vehicles and personnel. 

"The equipment has to be bought and maintained, while the personnel have to be facilitated to do their work," Wagona added.

Wagona recommended an additional shillings 5.3 billion for security needs of the office.

The funds, if allocated and approved, will be spent on buying equipment for the headquarters and the 16 regional offices.    

The equipment include 20 security metal detectors 50 security hand-held metal detectors 100 walkie-talkies and 10 motorcycle patrols and coordination.

Other items include allowances for guards, security supervision and risk assessment of stations and residences and holding trainings, and sensitization sessions on security awareness and protection.

Wagona says that although 100 police officers are attached to the office, 3 guards are needed for each of its 137 offices and also protect some officers in sensitive positions and those who handle sensitive matters.

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Wagona informed the committee that although it recommended that DPP should get additional shillings 2.9 billion in the 2019/2020 budget to address security needs, the funds were not allocated.      

Kaberamaido Woman MP, Veronica Eragu Bichetero tasked DPP officials on the progress of investigations into the murder Joan Kagezi.

However, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Charles Elemu Ogwal says that no progress has been made so far and that leads in the past have not been credible enough.

             

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The DPP has been allocated 43.4 billion shillings in 2020/2021 budget framework paper.

DPP has 1,334 and regional offices in Arua, Fort Portal, Gulu, Jinja, Mbale, Mbarara among others.  It plans to open 6 others in Luweero, Moroto, Iganga, Tororo, Hoima and Rukungiri.



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