July 18, 2013

State Prosecutors Petition Parliament Over Pay Rise

State Attorneys, State Prosecutors of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and members of the Uganda Association of Prosecutors petitioned Parliament in Wednesday’s afternoon plenary session for pay rise and others.

The petition was read by MP Alex Ruhunda representing Fort Portal Municipality on behalf of the prosecutors before Parliament.

Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga reminded government of the vacuum at the DPP and Chief
Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga reminded government of the vacuum at the Directorate of Public Prosecution

The Prosecutors asked that Parliament resolves that State Attorneys and State Prosecutor’s salaries and emoluments are increased to reflect their workloads and bring them in line with their counterparts in other sister agencies citing KCCA, IGG, Law Reform Commission and Uganda Registration Services Bureau with the prevailing cost of living.

The prosecutors also asked Parliament to urge government to increase the operational funds allocated to the directorate of public prosecutions to enable it execute its mandate.

They also appealed that government considers exemption of taxation on prosecutors just like their colleagues in the Justice Law and Order sector and in this case citing Judicial officers; Police and Prison officers who they said are partners in the same cause and working under similar circumstances.

The prosecutors still in their petition asked that government fasttracks the enactment of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions Act.

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga sent the petition to the committee of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for perusal and later report back to Parliament.

She in addition reminded the government that the substantive DPP and deputy DPP were both appointed judges of the courts of judicature and that there is a vacuum at the moment in the directorate.

She noted that at the moment prosecutions cannot be functional because the DPP is not there. She therefore encouraged government to take up the matter quickly saying that it is very urgent.

James Baba, the Minister of State for Internal Affairs, reported on behalf of government that government is fully aware of the vacuum and the critical position in the Judiciary and that it is receiving serious attention.

He assured the house that action about Judiciary is in the process.

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