Fred Ngabirano, the Commissioner of Youth and Children’s Affairs in the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development and Focal Point Person for the Moroto Juvenile Remand says the ministry will first complete and operationalize Moroto Remand Home ahead of other regional homes in Masindi and Gulu.
The Government has prioritized the completion of Moroto Remand Home
after its construction stalled almost two years.
Fred Ngabirano, the Commissioner of Youth and Children’s Affairs
in the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development and Focal Point Person
for the Moroto Juvenile Remand says the ministry will first complete and
operationalize Moroto Remand Home ahead of other regional homes in Masindi and
At least 400 million shillings has been set aside for the completion
of dormitories which are currently at roofing level. He explains that due to
budget cuts, the ministry will build regional juvenile homes one at a time
beginning first with the one in Moroto, where the district has allocated over
300 acres for its establishment in Musasi Village in Katikekile Sub County.
Ngabirano says the delay on the project was caused by budget cuts
due to the covid-19 pandemic but the government has finally government
allocated money for the completion of part of the facility and could become
operational in March 2022.
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The first phase of the facility which is a boys’ and Girls’
dormitories should have been completed by March this year, but due to lack of
resources, the project has been abandoned for 16 months. Now, there is hope the
first phase will be completed in March 2022.
The government is currently constructing regional remand homes
across the country to ensure that children who fall in conflict with the law
Once completed, the remand home in Moroto will comprise an
administration block, staff quarters, sickbay, boys’ and girls’ dormitories,
kitchen, dining hall and sanitary facilities.
It’s being constructed at the cost of 4.7 billion shillings by Gali Technical
Recently, leaders from Moroto district expressed dismay as works on the project
Cosmas Ayepa, the Secretary of Works and Technical Services for
Moroto district wondered why such a multibillion shilling project had gone
silent for over 1 year without work. He noted that there were many children now
in conflict with the law due to lockdown and closure of schools adding the
remand home is the solution to such social problems.
“We need to know what is wrong with that project. Other projects
have been completed, what is special with the Remand Home?” he demanded to
Once operational, juveniles from the region can easily access
justice and rehabilitation services as they will be brought nearer the
districts of the alleged commission of the offence.