Kabale. The Uganda Prisons Service has released a plan to construct self-contained prison wards countrywide in order to improve standards of living for inmates.
The Commissioner of Prisons in charge of Support Services, Mr Samuel Akena, revealed the plan on Friday during the opening of a newly constructed self-contained prison ward for male prisoners at Ndorwa Prison in Kabale Town. The ward, which accommodates 70 inmates, was constructed at a cost of Shs470m. Mr Akena also said by 2016, all prison wards in the country will be self-contained to save the prisoners the burden of using buckets as toilets inside the cells.
The officer in charge of Ndorwa Prison, Mr Frank Byamugisha, said challenges of congestion have been pathetic. He said the prison which was designed to accommodate less than 200 inmates, has been housing 527.
Mr Akena said plans are underway to post more staff to the prison. He further said plans to construct an administration block, a perimeter wall, staff quarters and a ward for female prisoners at the prison had been finalised.
Kabale Resident District commissioner Darius Nandinda, the district chairman, Mr Patrick Besigye Keihwa, and the chief administrative officer, Mr Albert Masiko, witnessed the opening of the ward and thanked government for responding to people’s cries.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor