4 years on, DPP fails digitise case file management

In 2014, the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) received more than $2.2m (Shs 8.4bn) to digitize the management of case files under a project named Prosecution Case Management Information System (PROCAMIS).

Four years later, the public prosecutor has failed to successfully implement the project that is hoped to end the era of disappearance of case files.

The contract was awarded to an American IT firm on November 28, 2014 with an upfront payment of nearly 50%.

The contractor was expected to roll out PROCAMIS project to all DPP offices around the country but according to the Auditor General’s report to Parliament, only four offices namely, Buganda Road, Mukono, Entebbe, Kololo were covered and operational out of the 119 stations giving a coverage of only 4.4% two years from time of idea conception.

This is inspite of the DPP’s payment of an extra Shs 3.4bn in the 2015/16 financial year.

Auditor General, John Muwanga noted that the expenditure already incurred has been not to be commensurate with the implementation pace.

The report states that although installation had been done in the offices of Mubende, Mpigi, Makindye, Mwanga II, Jinja and Iganga, the system was not yet operational due to lack of internet connectivity and warned that further delays in the implementation and roll out of PROCAMIS may affect the timely achievement of the project objectives.

The deputy DPP Amos Ngolobe threw the blame at the National Information Technology Authority – Uganda (NITA-U).

Ngolobe told MPs on Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the public prosecutor could only manage to connect and roll out system to four field offices due to NITA-U’s failure to provide internet and lease-line service coverage of the field offices.