The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mike Chibita has ordered the Criminal Investigations Division to start investigating corruption in the criminal justice system.
A recent investigative report by the New Vision unearthed corruption in the criminal justice system where members of the public are asked to pay money before getting justice.
In a self –initiated press briefing on Tuesday, Chibita said he has ordered the CID Director, AIGP Grace Akullo to commission an investigation into the matter with an aim of prosecuting culprits.
“We have asked the CID director to open up investigations into corruption in the criminal justice system. Files should be opened up and culprits arraigned in court,”Chibita said.
“After investigations, everyone involved in this will be prosecuted.”
The Director of Public Prosecutions however said it is not a policy of his office but rather certain individuals who are engaged in soliciting for bribes from the members of the public who are seeking for justice in courts of law.
“It involves some staff from the DPP, court clerks, police officers, prisons officers and other civilians who are brokers at courts of law .It is against the values of not only the DPP’s office but also the Penal Code and Anti -Corruption Act.”
Chibita noted that there are many mechanisms through with the DPP’s office gets information about corruption cases before being prosecuted noting that many have been arraigned in courts of law.
“We ask anyone with evidence to present it so we can successfully prosecute the culprits in courts of law.”
In March 2018, Francis Ocuga, a resident state attorney in Adjumani district was convicted by the Anti-Corruption Court for abuse of office when he dropped two cases against suspects without the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
It was believed that Ocuga dropped the charges after receiving a bribe.