State prosecution agencies are losing high profile cases in court because of unreliable witnesses who fear to testify in public.
The Directorate of Public Prosecution and Inspectorate of government claim that they get frustrated when they lose cases because of failure by principle witnesses to testify.
Richard Butera, the Director of Public Prosecutions says that sometimes his office has been unfairly criticized especially when courts release suspects because of insufficient evidence.
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The DPP is facing criticism for withdrawing charges against James Aurien, the former Mukono DPC, who is believed to have murdered his wife, Christine Apolot.
Butera says that his directorate lacks money to facilitate witnesses with transport and lunch allowances so as to appear in court.
He says he had budgeted for over six hundred million shillings for facilitation of witnesses but he got only three hundred million shillings from that treasury.
The Acting Inspector of Government, Raphael Baku says that witnesses are critical for effective prosecution but many fear to testify.
Baku says that there is need for a witness protection law if state prosecution agencies are to attract credible and reliable witnesses.
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Both the DPP and IGG are prosecuting cases related to the mismanagement of the Global Fund money among others.