It was built with large sized prison wards and 30 cells, all fitted with modern sanitary facilities. It has a fully-fledged medical wing complete with an inpatient section, a contact visitors room and isolation rooms for contagious diseases, and a kitchen equipped with power-saving technology.
Construction of the largest
correctional facility in Uganda has been completed. The facility country
sitting at 5-acres of land situated about 55 kilometers northwest of Kampala,
in Wakiso district is now ready to receive inmates, according to Dr Johnson
Byabashaija, the commissioner General of Prisons.
Named Kitalya Mini-Max Prison,
the 25 billion Shillings state-of-the-art facility was funded by the Justice,
Law and Order Sector –JLOS and constructed by ambitious Construction Limited.
It was built with large sized
prison wards and 30 cells, all fitted with modern sanitary facilities. It has a
fully-fledged medical wing complete with an inpatient section, a contact
visitors room and isolation rooms for contagious diseases, and a kitchen
equipped with power-saving technology.
The facility also has classroom
blocks equipped with a computer lab and library, a large workshop block
specifically designed and built for prison industry activities, fully-fledged
sports facilities including a football pitch, a volleyball court, a basketball
court and lawn tennis court in addition to a multipurpose hall.
Its completion is expected to decongest
Luzira upper prison, which is chocking with more than 3,000 inmates, five times
above its holding capacity of 600 inmates. Dr Byabashaija observes that Kitalya
Mini-Max prison is a game-changer in the war on prison congestion.
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During a walk around, Byabashaija
who has served as the Commissioner General of the Uganda Prisons Service for
now 15-years, joked that the facility could accommodate 10,000 inmates and
remain with more space.
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David Nsalasata, the Director of
Production at the Uganda Prison Service notes that they benchmarked from
different prison jurisdictions in different countries to come up with the
facility. He notes that much of the delay in the construction was a result of
several changes in designs.
Nsalasata notes that Kitalya is
considered a no escape facility with over six layers of security, which include
among others multiple watchtowers, over 100 CCTV camera points and a control
room with 24hour on-site and off-site surveillance, layers of barbed wire
fences around the entire facility, canine, and human security.
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Julius Arnold Tayebwa, a Senior
Civil Engineer who has been heading the Contact management team from the
ministry of works and transport says that everything has been built to required
Dr Byabashaija notes that before
the facility receives the first inmate, several officers including Bitaliwo
Onesmus who is the appointed officer in charge of the facility will be taken to
different countries to benchmark on how such facilities are run. Byabashaija
says that soon after the benchmark and full equipping of the facility, all long
term servicing convicts will be transferred to Kitalya.
JLOS Senior Technical Advisor Rachel
Odoi Musoke, notes that the facility focuses more on human rights with its
industry workshops and educational facilities underscoring International
collections' goal to rehabilitate prisoners and make them better citizens. To
Odoi, Kitalya’s design features speak for themselves.
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Odoi notes that the facilities
established marks the beginning of the end of congestion in prisons adding that
Kitalya is a landmark project which focuses on human rights, giving the country
confidence to do better facilities.