Prosecutors from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutor (DPP) who have been on a sit down strike since last week, today elected to return to their work stations starting this afternoon.
These decided to give government chance to fulfill its commitments to them within 90 days.
The decision was taken during their extraordinary assembly held at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.
The prosecutors voted overwhelmingly by show of hands, (171 to 12 votes) to suspend the strike for 90 days.
David Baxter Bakibinga, the President of Uganda Association of Prosecutors (UAP) revealed that the 90 days period will be counted starting 12th July because it’s the day they received the commitment letter from the cabinet.
“We are suspending the strike for a moment but if government doesn’t fulfill its commitments in the 90 days period, we shall call back our members and decide an appropriate action,” he said.
He added that the Association Secretariat in the meantime would be embarking on formal ways on following up on this matter
“With effect from this afternoon Prosecutors operating within the city centre will resume their work, while those from upcountry will resume tomorrow morning,” he said.
Meanwhile, at the meeting, the Director of Public Prosecutions Mike Chibita promised that in the next reshuffle he will transfer Mr Baxter Bakibinga from Masaka where he is the Resident State Attorney to Kampala to enable him run the Association’s work effectively.
The minister for Justice and constitutional Affairs Hon Kahinda Otafiire before the Prosecutors voted asked them to allow him 90 days to follow up their concerns.
“I have already ordered for an immediate tax waiver for prosecutors but it’s not going to start working tomorrow since its Parliament that has to pass it,” he said.
Otafiire also assured sectors like the Office of Attorney General, Solicitor General and others falling and the justice ministry that all their grievances would o be resolved soon.