Laben Mwigo, the Welfare and Rehabilitation Officer at Masaka Central Prison says that the facility, built more than 50 years ago, does not have enough space to create an isolation ward or unit for persons with mental health challenges who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
In one the cases, Amina Miiro, a disabled widow was thrown out of her land on the orders of the chief magistrates court without being given a chance to defend herself. Amina, a resident of Kabale in Isingiro district narrated her ordeal to the principal judge prompting him to ask the resident judge Duncan Gaswaga to take action.
Uganda Radio Network has learnt that two weeks ago over 100 prisoners were moved from Luzira Maximum Prison in Kampala to prison facilities in Eastern Uganda to decongest the countrys main prison. However, Uganda Prisons spokesperson, Frank Baine says the exercise affects all prison facilities across the country. The number of prisoners has increased from 40,500 in 2014 to over 55,000 today.
Speaking at the opening of the court session on Monday evening at Bushenyi High Court, Justice Duncan Gaswaga urged Police and Prison authorities against torturing suspects in an effort to compel them to confess to crime.
Prisons in the Ankole sub region are struggling to transport inmates to court appearances and other activities such as health centres for treatment. The region has only two lorries serving prison facilities scattered across 10 districts.
Ten habitual offenders have become a nuisance to Kitgum government prisons. Patrick Epilla, the Officer heading Kitgum Government Prison, says courts keep sending back the ten inmates to the prison over similar petty offenses shortly after clearing them to return home.