Uganda’s new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Justice Mike Chibita, has today officially reported for duty, two months after his approval by Parliament.
The office fell vacant in May this year after the then DPP, Richard Buteera and his deputy Damalie Lwanga, were appointed as Court of Appeal and High Court judges respectively.
But ever since Justice Chibita’s approval by Parliament as DPP in mid-August, he had not officially assumed office. This had led to partial freeze and flow of justice in the DPP’s office since some criminal charges need the consent of the DPP himself in order for them to be sanctioned.
By August this year, the case backlog was standing at 63,318, a figure that shows the new DPP has his work cut-out.
Explaining the delay to report for duty, Chibita said he received his instrument of appointment on September 27 and that he had to wind up the judicial work at his desk before reporting for the new task.
Prior to this appointment, Chibita was a High Court Judge based in Masaka, and he is well known for having re-tried and convicted city businessman Godfrey Kato Kajubi of child sacrifice charges before sentencing him to life imprisonment.
According to the constitution, the DPP is appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Public Service Commission and with approval of Parliament.
The DPP’s core mandate is to institute criminal proceedings against any person or authority in any court with competent jurisdiction other than the court martial.