In a bid to address the ever increasing huge numbers of juvenile offenders detained at the Naguru Children Remand Home in Kampala, special court sessions are to be conducted at the premises of the remand home, the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) has said.
According to the Commissioner for Youth and Children’s Affairs Mr Onduri Machuri Fred, the remand home that was established in 1954 was designed to accommodate only 45 juveniles, but as of August 28 this year, a total of 171 juveniles were in custody, 11 of whom are female.
Mr Onduri said that this is an alarming situation before calling for relevant stakeholders to come up with radical and practical solutions.
He attributed the ever soaring numbers of juveniles at the facility to the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) that he accused of dumping and abandoning all the vagabonds arrested from the street the home. To that effect, he called upon KCCA to establish its own detention Centre.
During a recent inspection exercise of the facility by Justice for Children program under JLOS together with the Gender ministry officials, the in-charge of the remand home Ms Kyomugisha Maria informed the inspecting team that 62 of the juveniles are facing capital offence related charges while 109 are petty offenders. The 109 juveniles are confined in two visibly small detention rooms.
Ms. Kyomugisha lamented that inadequate transport means to transport the children to various courts to hear their cases is the home’s biggest challenge.
She explained that the remand home has only one functional vehicle that transports the juvenile offenders to over 54 courts in various districts that are as far as Masaka, Jinja and Mukono.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor