The president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has appointed High Court judge Jane Frances Abodo as the new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Justice Abodo’s appointment close to five months after the office fell vacant when the then DPP, Justice Mike Chibita was elevated to the Supreme Court.
The new DPP is scheduled for vetting by MPs on Appointments Committee on April 6, 2020 at 11:30am.
“The Appointments Committee is scheduled to interact with the following presidential nominees on Monday 6th April, 2020 in the South Committee Room, Parliament House,” reads a notice by Clerk to Parliament.
Dr Johnson Byabashaija, whose position as the commissioner general of the Uganda prisons was renewed, Deputy CG of Uganda Prisons Mr James Mwanje and the new deputy governor Bank of Uganda, Dr Michael Atingi-Ego are also facing the Appointments Committee on the same day.
Born in a family of 62 children, Justice Abodo who hails from Karamoja was Senior Assistant DPP and headed the Anticorruption desk of the DPP before she was appointed High Court judge in 2018.
She holds a Master of Laws from Trinity College Dublin (2016). In 2015, Abodo was recognized by the Uganda Law Society (ULS) as the best prosecutor of the year. Her office boasted of the highest conviction rates in Uganda.
The latest prominent case that Justice Abodo has handled is the murder of singer Moses Ssekibogo alias Mowzey Radio. Last year, Justice Abodo in a criminal session that sat in Entebbe, found Godfrey Wamala Troy, guilty of manslaughter in connection with the singer’s murder and sentenced him to 14 years in jail.