Dr John Byabashaija, the Commissioner-General Uganda Prisons Services, says that the training is timely because it will prepare the personnel on how to handle violent extremist prisoners. The training is facilitated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-UNODC, with funding from the European Union, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the UN Office on Counter-Terrorism.
Thirty six Uganda Prison personnel are undergoing training on how to
rehabilitate and reintegrate extremist prisoners.
The training that is being held at Admans Hotel in Entebbe is facilitated by the United Nations Office on
Drugs and Crime-UNODC, with funding from the European Union, the Kingdom of the
Netherlands and the UN Office on Counter-Terrorism.
Wilson Francis Magomu, the Commissioner in charge of safety and
security operations Uganda Prisons Services, says that violent extremist
inmates are those who are on remand or have been convicted of offences
that include terrorism, abetting terrorism, deriving pleasure from causing
grievous harm such as burning or amputation of corpses among others.
According to Magomu, the eight convicts of the 2010 twin bombings
in Kampala are among those who have been classified as violent extremist
He explains that the violent inmates mastermind escapes and brawls
inside the prisons and can harm themselves and others.
Magomu says that says prison warders, rehabilitation and
reintegration officers have had a challenge of how to handle such prisoners.
Dr John Byabashaija, the Commissioner-General Uganda Prisons
Services, says that the training is timely because it will prepare the personnel
on how to handle violent extremist prisoners.
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Byabashaija says 189 out of a total of 66,323 inmates are currently
in the violent extremist category.
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During the training, prisons staff will interface with experts on
how to come up with an integrated approach to rehabilitation and reintegration
of prisoners including violent extremist inmates and also identify additional
needs and challenges for different categories of violent extremist
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Dr Peter Bennet, a UNODC prison security expert, said prison staff
should learn how to interact with violent inmates and learn how they communicate
amongst themselves. He added that they should also have mechanisms to report
inmates who are radicalizing others for immediate action.
Sharon Nyambe, the Head of office at UNODC says the training
is part of the Joint Initiative Supporting the management of violent extremist
prisoners and the prevention of radicalization to violence in
Nyambe says that so far, the rehabilitation and reintegration of
violent extremist prisoners has been included in the training for instructors
at the prisons training school.
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She adds that Uganda is among the three countries worldwide that
have been selected to implement the rehabilitation and reintegration of violent
extremist prisoners due to threats of terror. The other countries are Tunisia
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Karin Boven, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Uganda says the
prisons staff should however not discriminate against violent extremist
prisoners because they remain human beings who must upon release from detention
be able to live meaningful lives.
Similar training will be carried out in six prisons that include
Kakika in Mbarara, Jinja, Masaka, Luzira Upper Prison and Kitalya to assess how
staff will handle violent extremist inmates.