The orders starting on December 15, 2023, were meant to be released on Monday to all regional, division, and station prison commanders as well as the media.
CG UPS Johnson Byabashaija. Photo Courtesy
Dr Johnson Byabashaija,
the Commissioner General of Uganda Prisons Service (UPS) has warned officers
against social media misconduct. This comes after Christmas standby class one directives
were leaked before the official release date.
The orders starting on
December 15, 2023, were meant to be released on Monday to all regional, division, and
station prison commanders as well as the media.
Byabashaija’s Christmas directives have suspended hired labor services, canceled all staff annual leaves, suspended
outsiders’ visitation to prisons, and also ordered commanders to control the admission
of prisoners in outside health facilities.
In response, Byabashaija
through Frank Baine, the Prison's Spokesperson, has warned all UPS staff to desist from misusing social media and
expect stringent actions to be taken.
General, UPS has issued a directive to all staff on misuse of social media
directing them to desist from posting unprofessional photos and videos while on
duty. Any culprit to this act will be subjected to prison disciplinary
procedures as stipulated in the prison standing orders,” Baine said.
For Christmas security,
Byabashaija has ordered commanders to strengthen and enhance prison security,
intelligence, and coordination with other security agencies as you remain vigilant. Despite the ban on annual leave, Byabashaija has said staff
with exceptional cases should be handled by regional commanders.
are suspended. However, prisoners’ items can be delivered at the prison gate. Adapt
a two-shift staff deployment to increase numbers and presence. Officers in
charge must be present in their units at all times and attend to prisoners and
staff complaints as and when they raise,” Byabashaija directives read in part.
To stop social
media misuse and leakage of documents, Byabashaija has ordered commanders to
ensure strict compliance with guidelines and provide guidance to the staff
under their command accordingly.
Senior Staff Reporter
Mr Joseph Kato graduated with a Master's Degree of Art in Journalism & Communication on February 02, 2024 at Makerere University. He holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Journalism and Media Studies which he attained in 2023 at Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway.
Mr Kato holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University. The Master's Degree studies and a decade of journalism practice have enabled Mr Kato to be one of the reliable researchers in areas of conflict, r