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By Mulengera Reporter

As she marks 100 days as the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Jane Frances Abodo has listed the milestones her office has reached so far. A former High Court judge, Abodo officially took office in April, with a promise to turn things around.

Abodo says she is proud of the directorate’s achievements, reached through concerted efforts, involving  Top Management, Senior Management and staff “ in spite of the challenging times, particularly, in the face of the Covid19 pandemic.”

Abodo has carried out internal structural re-organization and staffing, including the re-designation of Membership of the Top Management team, and fast tracking of accelerated promotion of 29 Chief State Attorneys.

“Specialized Units have been established and existing ones re-organized and their reporting mechanism streamlined in order to ensure that the institution has the right skills placed in the right places. Special assignments and Task forces have been created to handle and execute urgent assignments, and improve efficiency,” noted Abodo.  “Special assignments and Task forces have been created to handle and execute urgent assignments, and improve efficiency.”

Abodo’s team has also introduced innovative ways to manage the case backlog, including plea bargaining. “During the months of June and July 2020, the ODPP was involved in plea bargaining camps at Masindi, Nakasongola, Gulu, Mbarara and Masaka Prisons. The Plea Bargain Camps were organized by the Judiciary and officially launched by the Honourable the Principal Judge, Dr. Flavian Zeija. The plea bargaining sessions resulted into 503 convictions from all the five regions visited,” the DPP noted.

“To put this into perspective 503 convictions could have taken 12 High court sessions over many months to achieve. Other plea bargain sessions have been held in Soroti, Lira, Kabale and currently Entebbe (Kigo and Kitala Prisons).”

Under Abodo, the directorate has also disposed of a huge number of Covid19 related cases, most of them resulting from violation of presidential directives on prevention of the deadly respiratory disease. The DPP has also carried out a case census; developed a new performance reporting template for each departmental objective and target; and finalised the ODPP Bill.

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