The DPP has registered numerous achievements in the areas of directing and guiding criminal investigations, prosecution of criminal cases, and undertaking various organizational development and strategic measures to propel DPP’s growth and effective and efficient execution of her mandate. Since the realignment of the Directorate, significant effort has been dedicated to institutional growth and development, to match the capacity of the DPP with service demand and desired quality. Below are some of the key outputs and achievements of the DPP;
- Establishment of Regional Offices
In an attempt to bring services near to the people, the Directorate has opened up 13 Regional Offices. Each is headed by an officer at the level of A/DPP. These are located in Jinja, Lira, Soroti, Mbale, Kabale, Mbarara, Fort Portal, Kampala, Gulu, Arua, Masaka, Masindi and Nakawa. The Regional Offices will supervise all the DPP stations that fall under their regions in every aspect except those that require the personal input of the Director such as signing withdrawal forms.
A significant progress was also made in regard to staff motivation whereby restructuring was initiated and new positions were created for both professional and support staff. This is to take into consideration the increasing numbers of staff, the evolving methods of crime that require a fresh approach to combating them and the new areas that were not previously emphasized upon such as human trafficking, cybercrime and ever evolving means of corruption.
In addition, the Directorate also responded to the public outcry over under staffing which was affecting service delivery. In this regard, 86 new state attorneys were appointed to meet the ever increasing demand for prosecutors out in the field.
The Prosecution Case Management Information System was approved and its implementation is currently being rolled out. This is a fully automated system that will track the movement and status of all case files within the Directorate. This is intended to expedite the movement of information as well as make it easier to track file movement and the decisions on each case file. It is expected that this will speed up the delivery of justice.
- Client Charter
The Clients Charter was developed to ensure good governance practices such as transparency, accountability and responsiveness of administration of criminal justice. This is aimed at empowering our clients with knowledge on the services we provide. This charter will also enable our clients appreciate and claim their rights and serve as a tool for continuous performance improvement.
- Geographical Coverage
The number of DPP stations country-wide has greatly increased in a regional balanced manner. Currently, there are 108 station in all various regions of the country, with Head Offices in Kampala.
- Physical Infrastructure
The Directorate has constructed 32 office buildings all around the country. These are 15 currently under construction.
- Improved Conviction rate
The prosecution service has tremendously improved. The conviction rate is 55%, a marked increase from the 30% at which was in 1995.
The conviction rate in the Anti-Corruption court alone is 70%
Some notable cases that have been handled by the DPP’s office include UGANDA vs. UWERA NSENGA, UGANDA vs. KATO KAJUBI both of which were murder cases. Others include UGANDA vs. JOHN MUWANGUZI KASHAKA & OTHERS which was in relation to the loss of billions meant for the purchase of bicycles at the Ministry of Local Government and UGANDA vs. KAZINDA GEOFFREY arising from the loss of funds from Office of the Prime Minister both of which have resulted in convictions. The Directorate is also handling loss of billions from the Ministry of Public Service in UGANDA vs. JIMMY LWAMAFA & OTHERS.
- Establishment of Specialised Units
Specialised units have been created to improve efficiency and ensure that staff members attain specialised knowledge in the field of criminal law. Such units include:
- Land Fraud,
- Children and Sexual Offences,
- International Crimes & Anti-Terrorism
The Directorate has partnered with other organisations and prosecutorial bodies in the world to improve the performance of staff through; attachments, study tours and continued on job training.