The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mike Chibita, is currently on high alert after a plot to assassinate him was intercepted by security.
In a letter to the Commissioner General of Uganda prisons, the Criminal Intelligence & Investigative Directorate (CIID) said it has already commenced investigations after landing on a plot to murder Chibita.
The July 6, 2015 letter first published by Red Pepper, seeks permission for two detectives; Joseph Ojinga and Onesmus Natuhwera, to access Luzira maximum prison and interview a convict called Ibrahim Kayongo.
CIID boss, AIGP, Grace Akullo, believes that Kayongo has information regarding those who are planning to eliminate the prosecutor.
Akullo says the same assassins could have been responsible for the murder of prosecutor Joan Kagezi who was handling international division at the directorate on March 30, 2015
Kayongo is a former Allied Democratic Force (ADF) rebel now serving 10 years in Luzira Prison.
The rebels accuse Chibita of playing a key role in cases involving ADF elements including bombings and the murder of Muslim clerics.
Who is Chibita?
According to a Daily Monitor profile, it was Chibita who convicted a renowned city businessman, Godfrey Kato Kajubi, before sentencing him to life imprisonment for the ritual sacrifice of 12-year-old boy, Joseph Kasirye.
Judge Chibita was born on April 30, 1963 to Clement and Edisa Duallo of Buwesa village in Butaleja District in eastern Uganda.
He is married to Monica Chibita and together have five children.
The 50-year-old began his education at Buwesa Primary School in Butaleja which he completed in 1978.
After excelling in his Primary Leaving Examinations, Mr Chibita joined King’s College Budo for his secondary education between 1979 and 1985.
Upon completion of his secondary education, Chibita joined Makerere University in 1988 and pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.
Later, he joined the Law Development Centre for his post-graduate diploma in legal practice in 1989 before pursuing a Masters degree in Law from the University of Iowa in the United States.
In 1993, Justice Chibita begun his work career as a lecturer of International Relations and African History in the North Western College, St Paul, MN in the US.
A year later, he was recruited as a State attorney in the Attorney General’s chambers, where he was also attached to the Constituent Assembly for election petitions purposes.
Between 1995 and 1996, he worked as personal/ legal assistant to the Attorney General and at the same time, attached to the Department of Litigation where he was actively involved in civil litigation.
President Museveni later appointed him as his Private Secretary in-charge of Legal Affairs for the next seven years.
The President appointed him a judge at the High Court in 2008 where he has been working until his appointment as the DPP.
He has also served as the president of Advocates Africa, president of Scripture Union, president of Uganda Christian lawyers’ fellowship and a board member of Strommer Microfinance.
At Uganda Revenue Authority, Chibita worked in different capacities as executive assistant/ assistant commissioner in the Commissioner General’s office.
He rose through the ranks to the position of Acting Commissioner in Tax Investigations Department, a department that was among others, managing the then newly-created portfolio at investigations.
Profile by Daily Monitor