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Five Inmates Escapes from Prison in Karamoja

The five were identified as Lokoru Lokiru, who was serving a four-year jail-term for failure to protect war materials, James Lochokon who was on remand for murder, Godfrey Musambwa, serving a four-year term for defilement, Moses Loyesereng also serving four years for theft and Richard Kamokoin, serving 11-years for murder.
12 May 2021 09:55
Police and prisons authorities have launched a hunt of five prisoners who escaped from Namalu prisons in Nakapiripirit district in the Karamoja region.

The five were identified as Lokoru Lokiru, who was serving a four-year jail-term for failure to protect war materials,  James Lochokon who was on remand for murder,  Godfrey Musambwa, serving a four-year term for defilement, Moses Loyesereng also serving four years for theft and Richard Kamokoin, serving 11-years for murder.

The prisoners escaped at an unknown time on Monday from an isolated uniport where they were being treated for Tuberculosis, according to Micheal Longole, the Karamoja Regional Police Spokesperson. Longole says that the uniport has 11 inmates, at the time of the escape, and adds that the joint force of Police, army and prisons is hunting for the escapees.

John Lopus, one of the residents near the Prisons premises told URN that he saw the inmates walking towards Amaler bridge but never bothered to know whether they were escaping. "I saw the five prisoners walking as usual as they are always moving around with their vegetables while others walk around the prison's gardens so it was hard to tell whether they were escaping or not," he said.

Last year around November, 224 prisoners escaped from Moroto prison after overpowering prison staff and accessed the armoury where they took off with 15 guns and 480 rounds of ammunition. The prisons authorities say that they have so far recovered six of the guns.

Grace Angolere, a resident of the area appealed to the prisons authorities to learn from the Moroto government prisons experience where  224 prisoners escaped with guns.

"Thank God these ones have escaped without guns what if they had also gone with guns what would happen, prisons authority should always be conscious of these Prisoners," She said.