The facility was closed last week to allow fumigation and treatment of the affected inmates and staff. According to the Resident District Commissioner of Soroti, Patrick Okumu, the decision was taken to allow the COVID-19 team and management of prison to streamline on some issues he declined to mention.
According to Baine, the 13,000 doses have been district to the 260 prison facilities across the country purposely to vaccinate high-risk inmates and prison warders. Uganda Prisons have so far registered 1,915 positive COVID-19 cases since the pandemic broke out in Uganda in March 2020.
Frank Baine, the spokesperson of the Uganda Prisons Service says that 4,440 suspected capital offenders completed their mandatory six-month remand period and were committed for trial in the High Court and another 2,472 are still waiting for committal to the High Court for trial.
One of the inmates who climbed the wall to escape was shot and injured on the leg while another described as a hard core criminal already convicted for murder from Moyo district escaped and is now at large.
“The guy is very arrogant. When inmates come with complaints or any issues that need his attention, he slaps them and has been belittling Karimojong as ‘warriors’ whom he describes as backward and useless. Because he doesn’t understand the language, he is always suspicious of everything spoken especially when officers, who know some bit of Ngakarimojong talk with prisoners. On the day of the attack, his office was the first target but he was not around”, another source said.
A section of the community now lives in fear especially about the firearms that are in the wrong hands. Dinah Ayo, a resident in Moroto town says the loose firearms could be used by the escapees to perpetuate more crime, not only in Moroto but anywhere in the country.
Only a staff deployed as data clerk at the prisons regional office was in the office this morning while the rest of the team was locked up at Moroto Prison premises. Since Thursday, access to Moroto Prisons has been restricted, with tight security comprising four officers manning the main gate at day time. This is different from the other ordinary days where one person would be seen at the gate.
Carlos Odongo, a Boda- Boda cyclist in Moroto who witnessed the incident says the escape of prisoners was preceded by the rare appearance of armed warriors behind the prions gates, along Circular Road.