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DPP Fires State Attorney for Allowing Office Attendant Handle Cases

Following recent media reports that pointed to a Resident State Attorney of Adjumani court, Francis Ocuga for having authorised an office attendant to appear in court and prosecute several cases on his behalf, the Director of Public Prosecution Mike Chibita has responded by firing him to that effect.
Following recent media reports that pointed to a Resident State Attorney of Adjumani court, Francis Ocuga for having authorised an office attendant to appear in court and prosecute several cases on his behalf, the Director of Public Prosecution Mike Chibita has responded by firing him to that effect.

 

The decision to fire Ocuga was reached yesterday following a disciplinary hearing by the DPP for having abused his authority invested in him as the state attorney.

 

Ocuga becomes Chibita’s first victim to be fired ever since he officially assumed office about a month ago and promised to eliminate corruption and instil work ethics and integrity amongst its staff.

 

The disciplinary committee also ordered that Ocuga be prosecuted for his criminal conduct.

 

Ali Abasi, the office attendant who handled the cases on behalf of the resident state attorney, has also been dismissed to that effect. Abasi was also attached to the Directorate of Prosecutions.

 

The decision was communicated after the disciplinary hearing on Wednesday Jane Okuo Kajuga, the Public Relations Officer at the Directorate in a press release.

 

The press release was however, silent on the fate of Grade Two Magistrate Iku Denya of the same court who allegedly, allowed the office attendant to appear before him and handle the cases on behalf of the prosecution DPP.

 

Earlier media reports indicated that the police had summoned magistrate Denya following a public outcry to explain under what circumstances he allowed an office attendant to prosecute cases on behalf of the DPP.

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