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Jane Frances Abodo

Who is Jane Frances Abodo? Flash Uganda Media looks at her biography, age, husband, family, tribe, achievements, and relationship with Remigio Achia, Justice Mike Chibita, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, Lawyer Male Mabirizi, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the early life and education of the current Director of Public Prosecutions in Uganda.

Jane Abodo also known as Jane Frances Abodo is a Ugandan judge and lawyer. She is the current Director of Public Prosecutions.

Early life and Education

Jane Frances Abodo was born on August 18, 1973, in Kangole, Napak district, Karamoja sub region in Northern Uganda.

She is married to Remigio Achia whom she met in her first year at university and the couple has two children; a son of 20 years and a daughter of 16 years. She belongs to the Catholic faith.

Abodo went to Kangole Girls Primary School; this was during the time when the Verona Sisters would find sponsors for the children from Canada and Italy. 

From 1989 to 1991, during the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) war, she was picked up by a priest and enrolled at St Mary’s College Aboke, Lira, where she completed her O’level.

From 1993 to 1996, Abodo went to Trinity College Nabbingo, where Father Trudeau, a Jesuit priest in Nsambya, paid her school fees until she finished her A’level.

From 2003 to 2004, she got a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Kampala Uganda Management Institute. In 2005, she got a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods from Uganda Center for Basic Research.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in law from Makerere University on a government scholarship before enrolling in the Law Development Center in Kampala, where she earned her postgraduate diploma in legal practice. 

She then went to Trinity College Dublin in Ireland where she earned her master’s degree in law. She also has a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from Makerere University. 

Career and Professional Work Experience

Jane Frances Abodo worked in the DPP’s office for eight years, beginning in 2007. She began as a trainee state attorney and worked her way up to state attorney, senior state attorney, principal state attorney, assistant DPP, and senior assistant DPP. 

Abodo was Senior Assistant DPP and the head of the Anti-Corruption desk in the DPP’s office when she was appointed to the High Court.

From 2010 to 2014, she was the Senior Principal State Attorney and her role was to manage the human resources in the newly formed DPP section, to plan and manage team-building activities, as well as to provide oversight and guidance to the section’s daily administration work.

In 2015, she was the Head of the Anti-Corruption Department in the DPP’s office, where she was responsible for serving as the Focal Point for the Eastern Africa Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities and the Asset Recovery Inter Agency Network for Eastern Africa, managing the department’s finances and accounting for them at the end of each month, and prosecuting cases.

From 2017 to 2018, Jane Abodo was Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions. 

She was in charge of the Department’s general administration, which included prosecuting high-profile corruption cases, directing police on proper investigations through the use of prosecution-led investigations that focused on not only the crime but also the assets, and managing staff under me, which included state Attorneys, investigators, and support staff. 

Collaboration with other JLOS stakeholders. In March 2018, Abodo became a High Court Judge assigned to the Criminal Division. 

She was appointed Judge in charge of Sexual Gender Based Violence cases in the Judiciary in September 2018 as well as Judge in Charge of Plea Bargain in November 2018.

In 2020, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni appointed Justice Jane Frances Abodo as the new Director of Public Prosecutions. She replaced Justice Mike Chibita who had been elevated to the Supreme Court.

Achievements and Awards

Jane Frances Abodo has progressed up the rankings over time. The Honorable Lady Judge began working for the DPP as a student state attorney and eventually attained the position of senior assistant DPP.

For eight years, she oversaw the anti-corruption division. During that time, she handled several cases involving high-profile corruption, including the Jimmy Lwamafa and others pension case involving 88 billion Ugandan shillings.

She received recognition as the top female prosecutor of the year in 2015 from the Uganda Law Society. In March 2018, she transitioned to the judiciary and left behind an impressive record. 

The highest conviction rates in Uganda were claimed by her office.

Controversies

Jane Abodo dropped the accusation that Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the leader of the National Unity Platform Party, had registered under false pretences.

Lawyer Male Mabirizi charged Kyagulanyi in 2021 with enrolling at Makerere University on a mature-age basis for a diploma in music, dance, and drama despite allegedly not meeting the requirements.

After Mabirizi’s evidence was presented, the DPP later took over the case on October 7, 2021.

On the other hand, State Attorney Joy Apolot presented a withdrawal form dated December 16, 2021, and signed by Abodo withdrawing charges against Kyagulanyi when the case came up for mention before Grade One Magistrate Marion Ninsiima.

As Director of Public Prosecutions, Abodo temporarily left her position after the Constitutional Court’s decision in March 2021. 

According to the judgement, it is unlawful to appoint a judge to any executive or judicial office. It further stated that it is against the law to take the job without first quitting as a judge.

As a result of the decision, Justice Abodo and the chair of the Electoral Commission, Justice Simon Byabakama, were required to retire from their positions as High Court judges if they were to continue holding the roles that President Museveni nominated them to.

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