DPP to Set Free Suspects of Petty Cases
By Serestino Tusingwire
The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mike Chibita has said that he will set free suspects of petty cases who have spent over two years in prison.
This is because the judiciary is hit by case backlog and may take long to handle all these cases due to inadequate manpower.
“As you all know, we have few prosecutors but cases come in faster than the rate at which they are disposed of. Every day over 100 cases are reported,” Chibita said.
In response to Justice Esther Kisakye’s query about suspects of petty cases kept on remand without trial for more years than they could serve when convicted, Chibita said, some of the suspects will be set free.
“We are planning to free all suspects on petty cases who have spent more than two years in jail. We believe this would reduce on case backlog and congestion in Prison,” he said.
Chibita said this during the meeting between members of the Directorate of Public Prosecution and the case backlog committee headed by the Court of Appeal Judge Richard Buteera at the High Court in Kampala on Thursday.
He admitted that some of the suspects on petty cases like chicken thieves spend more years in jail than the maximum punishment on conviction under the Penal Code Act but they are planning to free them.
According to the 2016 report of the Judiciary national court case census, there are 114,809 pending cases in the Judiciary.