Govt transforms DPP

GOVERNMENT has transformed the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) into an independent National Prosecution Authority (NPA), which targets to create more than 1,700 jobs countrywide when fully functional.
All criminal prosecution functions would now be vested in the NPA to operate under the National Prosecution Authority Act, No. 34 of 2010.
Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba said prior to enactment of the NPA Act, the DPP used prosecutors from other law enforcement agencies to handle criminal cases in subordinate courts at district level.
Mr Kabimba was speaking in Lusaka yesterday during the induction of NPA Board members where he challenged them to ensure cases recommended for prosecution had more than 90 per cent success rate if taken to court.
“NPA will promote the integrity and enhance the status of State advocates and prosecutors to promote honourable and good practices, and increase the confidence of the public in State advocates and prosecutors,” he said.