The Auditor General John Muwanga has observed that only 28 out of the 230 prisons country wide have water borne toilets. He noted that prisoners continue to use the bucket system as a toilet facility yet that the system is not only unhygienic but also degrading.
Muwanga included this as one of the key findings in the auditor general's annual audit report for the year ended 2012/2013. The main report was presented to the Speaker of Parliament and will be made public after being tabled on the floor of Parliament.
He noted that prisoners continue to use the bucket system as a toilet facility yet that the system is not only unhygienic but also degrading.
According to the Auditor General, the Prisons Accounting Officer indicated that in order to address the issue, Uganda Prisons Service requires 2.64billion shillings to improve the living conditions of the prison community.
The Auditor General appealed to Government to consider providing resources for this particular activity.
However, The Commissioner General of Prisons Dr. Johnson Byabashaija noted that Uganda Prisons is working on improving on the hygiene of prisoners saying that in his strategic plan by 2017, Uganda Prisons will do away with the use of pails by prisoners as toilets.
Byabashaija noted that Uganda Prisons is working on 40 toilets per year and that by the year 2017, all prisons in the country will have water borne toilets.
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