Ankole Prisons Struggle to Transport Inmates

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Prisons in the Ankole sub region are struggling to transport inmates to court appearances and other activities such as health centres for treatment. The region has only two lorries serving prison facilities scattered across 10 districts.

Prisons in the  Ankole sub region are struggling to transport inmates to court appearances and other activities such as health centres for treatment.

The region is comprised of the districts of Bushenyi, Mitooma,Buhweju, Rubirizi, Sheema, Ntungamo, Ibanda, Mbarara, Kiruhura and Isingiro.
The districts, however, use only two lorries to transport inmates. One of the lorries is for the districts in greater Bushenyi area while the other is for districts in the greater Mbarara area.
The districts of Ntungamo, Ibanda, Mbarara and Kiruhura have trucks that are in dangerous mechanical conditions.

Mitooma grade one Magistrate Gordon Muhimbise told our reporter that the districts in the greater Bushenyi still struggle to effectively extend the services to the inmates.

He says that they have on some occasions received information from
Nyamushenkyera prison in Bushenyi where the lorry is based that it has broken down.

Assistant Commissioner of Prisons Frank Byamugisha, the Mbarara regional prisons commander, told URN that only one lorry is in sound mechanical condition while the rest are always breakdown.

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In the Kigezi region, only two lorries are available for Transport. One of the lorries serves the districts of Rubanda, Kabale and Kisoro while another serves Kanungu and Rukungiri.

Jotham Katamba, a former inmate at Nyamushekyera prison says that they would at times walk to attend court sessions or when going to seek medical treatment. He says that at times inmates who are weak to walk are forced to do so anyway since they are at times left with out any alternative means.

Frank Baine, the Uganda Prisons Service spokesperson, says the transport challenge is not only restricted to the Greater Bushenyi and Ankole but also the rest of the country.

According to Baine, only 50 vehicles serve 250 units in the country. He does not specify how soon the situation will change.

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About the author

Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.