Katureebe asks more security for prosecutors


Uganda Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has called on government to provide more security personnel to protect state prosecutors.

He made the call during the Joan Kagezi Memorial Lecture held at Imperial Royale hotel in Kampala on Thursday.

“The job we do is risky hence the need for more security,” Katureebe said, urging government to boost their security and strengthen their protection.

The lecture running under the theme: “Fighting terrorism and organised crime” was attended by the DPP Mike Chibita and his deputy, Kagezi family, ambassadors of Angola and Rwanda as well as a lead prosecutor from South Africa.

Senior Principal State Attorney Susan Okalany the lead prosecutor in the July 2010 Kampala bombings case who replaced Kagezi following her assassination in March last year, also reinforced the CJ’s request.

She said Kagezi knew the kind of people she was up against but all the same did her work.

Okalany maintained that as professionals, they can’t back down because one of theirs has been killed.

“We will not be intimidated by criminals. But government needs to give us more security so we can do our work safely.”

Katureebe, presently, further urged government to increase funding to judiciary to train prosecutors and police that do the investigation.

He called for more efforts to fight terrorism saying it was on the increase.

“Stakeholders need to interrogate the matter and come up with security measures,” he pointed out.

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