The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Norbert Mao has handed over 42 motor vehicles procured under Government of Uganda funding to Prosecutors in hard–to–reach areas among others, in order to improve prosecution service delivery.
The Resident State Attorney (RSA) stations that received vehicles include Kisoro, Ntungamo, Amuru/Nwoya, Patongo, Pader, Paida, Moyo, Hoima,Adjumani, Soroti, Kibaale, Kabale, Rukungiri, Mbarara, Buhweju, Abim, Bududa,Nakaseke, Jinja, Iganga, Bulisa, Kapchorwa, Kiruhura, Katakwi, and Kaberamaido. The Regional Offices that received vehicles include Arua, Mbale,Lira, Gulu, Tororo and Masaka.
The departments at the head office that received vehicles include the International Crimes Department, Anti–Corruption Department, Department of Field Operations and Department of General Case Work.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Ms. Kainza Agnes Nzogi, the Undersecretary/Accounting Officer said, “In addition to easing staff and file movement, these vehicles will improve coordination and supervision of field stations. They will also motivate ODPP staffs that have accepted to work in hard– to–reach and hard– to–live areas.”
Mr. Odumbi James Owere, the Deputy DPP/Prosecutions pledged on behalf of the Prosecutors to put more effort in the conduct of prosecutions, endeavor to keep time, supervise stations in regions and visit areas with sub courts.
The DPP, Lady Justice Jane Frances Abodo appreciated the Government of Uganda for the support towards ensuring the efficiency of Prosecutors in executing their mandate. She further appreciated the Finance and Administration Department of the ODPP headed by the Undersecretary/Accounting Officer for their dedication towards the procurement of the vehicles.
Making reference to the demanding and risky nature of the work of Prosecutors, the Chief Guest, and Hon. Nobert Mao said, “The ODPP must be able to account on the power of the State for protection. The Government of Uganda is determined to support the ODPP in fulfilling its mandate.”
The ceremony was held at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds