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Justice Abodo Uganda’s first Female DPP

Hardly a year after her elevation to High Court Judge, Jane Frances Abodo is set to take over from Justice Mike Chibita as Director Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Chibita has been appointed Justice of the Supreme Court after serving six years as DPP. The Directorate Public Prosecutions is a constitutional body mandated to take the lead role in instituting, directing and

co-ordinating criminal prosecution.

In a circular sent out to lawmakers on the appointments committee, Jane Kibirige, the clerk to Parliament, indicated that Lady Justice Abodo is among nominees to different offices made by President Yoweri Museveni that will be vetted on Monday. Before she joined the bench in February 2018, Abodo, who hails from the Karamoja region and the ninth-born in a family of 62 siblings, had risen through the ranks in the Directorate Public Prosecutions.

Justice Jane Frances Abodo share a light moment with President Museveni at State Lodge Nakasero

Her journey to the top saw her start out as pupil state attorney, senior state attorney, principal and then senior assistant DPP. At the time of joining the bench, Abodo headed the anti-corruption desk. Abodo was a state prosecutor specialising in white-collar and cybercrimes.

She was lauded for her lead role in the rolling out of the plea bargain, which is one of the measures instituted by former Principal Judge Dr Yorokamu Bamwime, to mitigate case backlog.

In 2016, fellow advocates under the umbrella of Uganda Law Society recognised her as that year’s best prosecutor.

Abodo’s tenure at the Anti-Corruption Court was marked by one of the highest conviction rates; a statement to the kind of preparation she put into the prosecution of high-profile cases.

She has a master’s of laws from University College Dublin. Her contemporaries describe her as a go-getter. Under Article 120 (7) of the Constitution, the DPP has the same terms and conditions of service as those of a High Court judge. If she gets Parliament’s nod, Abodo, the first female DPP, is set to become a trail blaze

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