Community Service Failing In Ntoroko

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The Community Service Program in Ntoroko has failed to take off in Nombe prison because the community is not sensitised on the program. Community Service is a scheme where petty offenders are sentenced to perform unpaid work instead of being sent to prison. Charles Karamagi, a prison warden at Nombe prison says that 30 offenders were supposed to start community service at the beginning of this year, but none has started. Statistics at the prison show that there are 90 petty offenders who have been sentenced to do community service by the courts of law but are still languishing in the prisons. Bernard Tugume, the officer in-charge Nombe prison says that the program is failing because members of the community have not been sensitized about it. Tugume says that whenever the offenders are taken by the police to work in the community, they face hostility from the public and are returned to the prison. He says that the public thinks that the offenders have been set free and as a result the offenders may fear revenge from the public. Last year, two offenders in Karugutu survived being killed by residents who attacked them while doing community service at the sub county headquarters Tugume also says that there is shortage of manpower to supervise the offenders. //Cue in: "People are not properly sensitized..... Cue out: ...overloaded with other work."// Reste Kabasumbi, the human rights officer at the Association of Human Rights Organizations in Karugutu Sub County says that the organization is planning to use paralegals to sensitize the community on the benefits of community service.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.