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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.
Kitalya Mini-Max prison

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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 standards.  

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.  

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