Fort Portal Remand Home Facing Congestion

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Constructed in 1975, the remand home which was meant to accommodate 45 juvenile inmates is now home to 79 inmates.

Fort Portal Remand Home is congested with juvenile inmates. 

Constructed in 1975, the remand home which was meant to accommodate 45 juvenile inmates is now home to 79 inmates. 

It has minor offenders aged between 12-18years. They are drawn from Kabarole, Kyejonjo, Kasese, Kamwenge and Bundibugyo districts.
 
Two juveniles share beds while others sleep on the floor.

Judith Magambo, the Assistant Welfare and Probation Officer at Fort Portal remand home, says that the congestion of the facility requires adequate funds.

Magambo, says that the funds allocated to the home by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development can't cater to the needs of the inmates such as food, drugs and water. 

She however declined to reveal how much the facility receives from the ministry.

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Magambo says that they plan to resettle the juveniles back to their families in efforts to decongest the facility.

Apart from congestion, the facility also faces a challenge of inadequate staffing.  Magambo says that out of the required 16 staff, the facility has only 7.

"Since we are few, we just don't have specific roles now. We all supervise; we all take care of the children but in turns. Otherwise, we need six supervisors, four wardens and three kitchen attendants," she says.

Diana Kobusinge, the Kabarole District Probation Officer, says that they are aware of the challenges facing the home, but have nothing they can do.
 
 
 
 

 

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Christopher Tusiime
Christopher Tusiime is the URN Bureau Chief in Tooro. Districts of Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, Kabarole, Ntoroko, Bunyangabu and Kyegegwa, Kitagwenda and Fort Portal Tourism City fall under his docket.

Before joining URN, Tusiime first worked at The Observer newspaper for close to four years as an education reporter.