KAMPALA – Ms. Alice Komuhangi Khaukha, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Inspections, Quality Assurance, Research and Training was awarded the Governance Impact Award by Vine Academy. This was during the Annual Vine Awards Ceremony, 2020 which was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic on June 7, 2020.
The award was later presented to her in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on June 10, 2020, by Mr. Ronnie Habasa, C.E.O Vine Academy.
The Vine Awards are awards to recognize and reward Christians who are extraordinarily impacting their spheres of influence.
Who is Ms. Alice Komuhangi Khaukha?
Ms. Alice Komuhangi Khaukha is the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions heading the Directorate of Inspections, Research, Quality Assurance and Training of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).
Before her appointment as Deputy DPP by His Excellency the President, she was the head of the Anti-Corruption Department, the biggest and best-performing department of the ODPP, a position she assumed in April 2018. The department handles all corruption and money laundering cases in the country and cases of asset recovery. She has successfully ensured the prosecution of corruption and money laundering cases registering a conviction rate of over 80%.
During the above-stated period, she became Uganda’s focal point person on the Asset Recovery Network for Eastern Africa (ARIN-EA), a network that allows and eases the sharing of information within the Region on matters of identifying illicitly acquired assets.
She was previously assigned to head the Gender, Children and Sexual Offences Department. While heading the Department, she initiated, identified and developed a Training Curriculum on Child Psychology, Child Development and Child Engagement, through which prosecutors countrywide have been trained and benefited from. It was during the same time that she also conceived the idea of a child-friendly space, a room where child witnesses and victims are prepared and refreshed in preparation for presentation in court, the first of its kind in all Justice Law and Order Sector institutions. The innovation which started at the Head Office Kampala has since been rolled out in major ODPP Regional Offices the most recent being the Masaka ODPP Regional Office.
Between August and December 2013, Ms. Komuhangi worked as the Deputy Head of the newly established Department of the Land Crimes Department, the department that oversees the investigation and prosecution of all land related crimes in Uganda. Between 2013 and 2016, Ms. Komuhangi headed the Kampala Regional Office, the busiest region of the Office of the DPP handling complex cases.
Ms. Komuhangi actively and effectively represented the ODPP on the Legal task force of the Inter-Agency Forum (IAF) that initiated and developed the Anti-Corruption Act No.6 of 2009, the Whistle-Blowers Protection Act No.6 of 2010, and the National Strategy on Zero Tolerance to Corruption, the Leadership Code Amendment Act. She also participated in the development of the Anti-Money Laundering Legislation 2013.
She headed a number of DPP field stations in the Eastern and Central Uganda and when the first Anti-Fraud Unit of the ODPP was established to handle very high profile and complex fraud and corruption-related matters, she was seconded to it. She was a team leader in the investigations and prosecution of Global Fund cases some of which she prosecuted and secured 100% conviction rate. She later acted as the head of that Unit which later translated into the Anti-Corruption Department.
Ms. Komuhangi joined the ODPP as a Pupil State Attorney in 1999. She was promoted to Senior State Attorney in 2003 and later Principal State Attorney in 2007. In 2014, she was promoted to Senior Principal State Attorney. She was given accelerated promotion to the Post of Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions in 2017, a post she held until her appointment as Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions.
She holds a Masters Degree in Institutional Management and Leadership (MIML) from Uganda Management Institute (UMI), a Master of Laws (LLM) Degree from Makerere University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Honors Degree from Makerere University. She is a born again Christian.