Justice Mike Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecutions explained that with the new system, vital files will not be put in harm’s way as a result of the physical transportation.
PHOTO: Mike Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecutions
What happens when a file from a district like Moyo is wanted at the headquarters of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions?
Someone has to travel with the file physically to Kampala.
This practice is going to be relegated to the past with the newly launched Prosecution Case Management Information System (PROCAMIS), a solution that will digitize the management of public prosecution cases.
Justice Mike Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecutions explained that with the new system, vital files will not be put in harm's way as a result of the physical transportation.
"If we needed a file from Kisoro to work on a certain case, currently, we get on the phone, call the officer in Kisoro, then somebody has to get on a bus and deliver the file to Kampala with all the attendant dangers," he explained at the launch of the system in Kampala.
The new system is expected to reduce the reliance on paper, organize workloads better, reduce cases of file loss, fasten decision making, and make statistics more accurate among other benefits.
The system has already been connected to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions headquarters on Workers' House. Chibita says about sh30b will be needed to roll out the new system throughout the country. Besides money for the roll out, the office will also need adequate human resource staff to handle the roll-out.
"Most of our staff is prosecutors, most of them know how to switch on and off the computer, but that is as far as they can go," he said.
Justice minister Kahinda Otafiire, who presided over the launch of the new system, rooted for an integrated system between the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and Police. He said such a system will make the work of public prosecutors more efficient.
"A file which you handle (as prosecutors) starts at the Police station. The success of your prosecution starts at the police station, however brilliant a prosecutor you are, if the Police does not do their work, you will be let down," he said.
"If the director of public prosecutions wants to examine your case, he can reach the raw data at the Police station through the e-system."
The new system was developed by Graphics Systems in partnership with Integrated Software Specialists and Eastern Software Systems.
Rajesh Chaplot, the General Manager of Graphics Systems called for the implementation of e-governance systems across all government ministries and departments.