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The PAC Vice Chairperson, Gerald Karuhanga tasked the team to explain the slow clearance of cases despite increased funding from Shillings 6.1 billion in the 2015/2016 financial year to Shillings 6.9 billion in the 2016/2017 financial year.
Deputy Director Public Prosecution, Amos Ngolobe appearing before the Public accounts Committee.

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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of parliament has grilled a team of officials from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for slow progress of cases.

      

It came after the officials appeared before PAC led by the Deputy Director of Public Public Prosecutions, Amos Ngolobe to respond to queries in the Auditor's General's Report for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 financial year.

In his report, the Auditor General, John Muwanga noted the high rate of case registration compared to the disposal thus creating case backlog, which affects timely delivery of justice to affected persons.

Muwanga also noted that a sharp decline in the handling of cases in the two financial years, saying case disposal in the 2016/2017 financial year stood at 11 percent (56,058 cases) compared to 25 percent 25 percent (134,887 cases) in the 2015/2016 financial year.

The outstanding cases in the financial year ended 30th June 2016 were 395,962 while 2016/2017 had 462,512 cases. Most of the cases were criminal in nature including among others murder, aggravated robbery, treason, rape and man slaughter. The others were theft, assault and forgery.

The PAC Vice Chairperson, Gerald Karuhanga tasked the team to explain the slow clearance of cases despite increased funding from Shillings 6.1 billion in the 2015/2016 financial year to Shillings 6.9 billion in the 2016/2017 financial year. Ngolobe attributed the decline in case clearance to inadequate staffing levels to handle the ever growing number of cases.

He explained that the Finance Ministry is yet to respond to their request for financial support to boost their team by hiring more personnel.

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Following Ngolobe's failure to explain how the Directorate intends to clear the case backlog for the two financial years, Karuhanga directed that the Directorate to submit a summarized case analysis involving the number of cases received in the two financial years, specific cases prosecuted, files referred to Police and cases withdrawn.

Ngolobe apologized to PAC over the diversion of Shillings 102.6 million but the directorate to unplanned items. It came after Karuhanga tasked Ngolobe to explain why his office had mischarges under various codes worth Shillings 102.6 million without requisite authority. 

The Public Finance Management Act requires spending entities to stick to budget requests and allocation approved by parliament. Ngolobe pleaded for forgiveness, saying that funding pressures made his office to mischarge the funds.