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Ankole Prisons Struggle to Transport Inmates

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.
Inmates walking from court

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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 is comprised of the districts of Bushenyi, Mitooma,Buhweju, Rubirizi, Sheema, Ntungamo, Ibanda, Mbarara, Kiruhura and Isingiro.

The districts, however, use only two lorries to transport inmates. One of the lorries is for the districts in greater Bushenyi area while the other is for districts in the greater Mbarara area.

The districts of Ntungamo, Ibanda, Mbarara and Kiruhura have trucks that are in dangerous mechanical conditions.

Mitooma grade one Magistrate Gordon Muhimbise told our reporter that the districts in the greater Bushenyi still struggle to effectively extend the services to the inmates.

He says that they have on some occasions received information from

Nyamushenkyera prison in Bushenyi where the lorry is based that it has broken down.

Assistant Commissioner of Prisons Frank Byamugisha, the Mbarara regional prisons commander, told URN that only one lorry is in sound mechanical condition while the rest are always breakdown.

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In the Kigezi region, only two lorries are available for Transport. One of the lorries serves the districts of Rubanda, Kabale and Kisoro while another serves Kanungu and Rukungiri.

Jotham Katamba, a former inmate at Nyamushekyera prison says that they would at times walk to attend court sessions or when going to seek medical treatment. He says that at times inmates who are weak to walk are forced to do so anyway since they are at times left with out any alternative means.

Frank Baine, the Uganda Prisons Service spokesperson, says the transport challenge is not only restricted to the Greater Bushenyi and Ankole but also the rest of the country.

According to Baine, only 50 vehicles serve 250 units in the country. He does not specify how soon the situation will change.

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