Gulu struggles to feed 62 in children’s jail

GULU.

At least 62 juveniles at Gulu Remand Home face starvation due to food shortage.
Mr Joseph Kilama, the probation and social welfare officer, who is also the in-charge at the facility, said at the weekend they were left with 7kgs of beans and 40kgs of maize flour.

He said the inadequate food supply at the facility is a result of other districts within the region failing to cooperate in supporting the home.

The home caters for children from the districts of Amuru, Nwoya, Kitgum, Pader, Lamwo and Agago.
The facility has 62 juveniles, seven of whom are girls. Mr Kilama said government should fully take up the responsibility of looking after the inmates saying Gulu District on its own cannot meet the needs of the remand home.

The Gulu District speaker, who is also the councillor for Lalogi Sub-county, Mr Peter Okello Okao, said it was agreed that each district in the region contributes Shs500,000 on a quarterly basis, but have failed to cooperate.
“Gulu District is carrying the burden alone, other districts have failed to give their contribution,” he said.

The Gulu chief administrative officer, Ms Dorothy Ajwang acknowledged that other districts have let them down.

“I do not have the capacity to force them. In case there is shortage of food, we keep on running to people of good will,” she said.

The remand home experienced food shortage in August last year. In November, the state minister of Gender, Ms Lukia Nakadama, at the launch of the 16 days of activism in Gulu Town said the government was ready to give a helping hand to the remand home.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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