Gulu- Leaders in Gulu District have asked the government to take over the only remand home for minors in the region or it will be closed due to insufficient funds to run its operations.
Gulu remand home, which serves Acholi, Lango and some parts of West Nile, needs 800kgs of maize flour and more than 650kgs of beans to feed the children every month.
“Ninety five per cent of the resources that fund the district budget is from central government and it is in terms of conditional grants. There is no way the district can allocate finance activities at the remand home,” the chief administrative officer, Ms Dorothy Ajwang said, adding that local revenue is too little to support the centre.
The district chairperson, Mr Martin Ojara Mpenduzi, said the centre might turn out to be abusive to the children since it is not offering any reform services.
The district welfare and probation officer, Mr Joseph Kilama, said they are overwhelmed.
“At the moment the facility has 38 juveniles. The centre is overwhelmed with the numbers of children, yet we do not have the capacity to sustain them,” Mr Kilama said.
“Half of the children at the centre are those with capital offences. The government should take up the responsibility of the facility, Gulu District on its own, cannot sustain the remand home,” he added.
The State minister for Gender and Culture, Ms Rukia Nakadama, appealed to the district officials to be patient as the government looks into the issues raised.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor