Chibita reports for duty as DPP
Posted Tuesday, October 15 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- The new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Justice Mike Chibita, yesterday officially reported for duty at his chambers located on Workers’ House in Kampala, months after his approval by Parliament.
The office of the DPP fell vacant in May after the then DPP, Mr Richard Buteera, and his deputy, Ms Damalie Lwanga, were appointed as Court of Appeal and High Court judges respectively.
But ever since Justice Chibita’s approval as DPP, he had not officially assumed office leading to partial freeze and flow of justice in the DPP’s office since some criminal charges need the consent of the DPP to be sanctioned.
By August, the case backlog was standing at 63,318.
“Yes, I have reported for duty today (yesterday) and I have seriously started working,” Justice Chibita said in a telephone interview.
Explaining the delay to report for duty, Justice Chibita said he received his instrument of appointment late last month, adding that he had to wind up the judicial work at his desk before reporting for the new task.
Mr Chibita, who prior to this appointment was a judge in Masaka, vowed to prosecute suspected criminals without fear or favour.
The DPP is appointed by the President on recommendation of the Public Service Commission.
The office’s core mandate is to institute criminal proceedings against any person or authority in any court with competent jurisdiction other than the court martial.