Districts To Contribute UGX 1.5M For Gulu Remand Home

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Districts in Acholi and Lango sub regions have agreed to contribute 1.5 million shilings each on quarterly basis to facilitate the operation of the Gulu child rehabilitation centre.

Districts in Acholi and Lango sub regions have agreed to contribute 1.5 million shilings on quarterly basis to facilitate the operation of the Gulu child rehabilitation centre.


According to Jimmy Orutu, the manager community service in Gulu, the district has limited resources to facilitate the centre commonly known as remand home, which receives child offenders from both Acholi and Lango sub regions. Orutu says the remand home still has a challenge of food and recreational facilities which can be managed if the districts accept to contribute.


Orutu says that currently there is no direct partners aiding the remand home as many of the partners come once in a while, thus a decision by the district leaders to contribute 1.5 million shillings each quater. He says the money will be enough to facilitate the remand home with fuel, food and facilities like lighting system if the districts start contributing.


The condition of the Gulu remand home is continually worrying the district leaders.


The remand home is only able to provide the children with a very small ration of meals which is majorly posho and beans with exception of glorious days like New Year, Christmas and days of visitation by high profile guests to the centre.


Douglas Peter Okello, the Gulu district speaker admitted that the district cannot fully fund the remand home, asking organisations and the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development to intervene.


The remand home operates with only 1.6 million shillings per month which is meant for facilitating court and police sessions, servicing vehicles, feeding and medication of the children. By the time of filling this story there were 28 child offenders in the facility located in Pece division in Gulu district.


There are only four remand homes in the country; in Gulu, Fort Portal, Naguru and Kampiringisa in Mpigi district. 

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.