Speaking at the ODPP’s office in Kampala while receiving prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, the new minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Charles Elemu Ogwal, said they only have 40 percent of the required staff.
director of Public Prosecutions has said inadequate staffing in the office that
handles all criminal cases in Uganda is affecting their ability to fulfill the given
Speaking at the DPP’s office in Kampala while receiving prof. Ephraim
Kamuntu, the new minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Charles Elemu
Ogwal, said they only have 40 percent of the required staff.
service has approved a new structure that puts us at 833 prosecutors and 501
support staff but only 40 percent is filled. There is need to recruit new
staff to fill the vacant positions,” said Ogwal.
He added that they are also
unable to provide state prosecutors in 45 districts hence leaving such places
unserved. “The demand for our services keep increasing with the establishment
of new districts, new police stations and courts. At the moment 73 courts and
sub courts have no full time prosecutors. There are now more judicial officers
than prosecutors in the field yet this should have been the reverse,” he added.
As a result, he added, there is a growing case backlog in the criminal
justice system. Ogwal also used the occasion to ask the minister to remind President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni about appointing a substantive DPP.
Mike Chibita, the former director
was recently appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court hence leaving the
position vacant. Ogwal said as an acting DPP, there are many things he can’t do
like withdrawing cases from courts which the constitution only entrusts to the
Of the four deputies that the DPP must have only one vacancy is filled.
Kamuntu said he was very keenly interested in knowing the challenges affecting the
directorate and hence find solution for them. He said the process of filling
the position of DPP is laborious as it involves the Public service, parliament
and then the president.
He however said, he is going to notify these bodies so
that a process can start. As a political
head, Kamuntu adds that he would be most interested in hearing the managers
suggesting solutions to challenges Ogwal highlighted in order to ease his work.
Kamuntu revealed that President Museveni is disenchanted about the rate at which
the government loses cases and the exorbitant damages that the courts award
“Why is government
losing more cases than they are winning? If we are to take this as a measure of
efficiency you would score poorly,” said Kamuntu.