Lira Inmates Clash With Security Over Delayed Trial

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Over 600 inmates at Lira Central government prison on Wednesday evening clashed with armed security personnel during a protest against what they described as delayed justice.

Over 600 inmates at Lira Central government prison on Wednesday evening clashed with armed security personnel during a protest against what they described as delayed justice.

The protest that started around 4:30pm saw a number of bullets being fire in the air by over 30 armed prison warders prompting them to call for reinforcement from the police.

Shouting loudly that “we want justice”, most inmates were seen throwing stones at the security personnel.

They complained of poor accommodation facilities, delays to be taken to court as they engaged security operatives in running battles for about two hours.

Heavily armed anti riot police personnel commanded by the Kyoga North Regional police commander Richard Aruk Maruk managed to restore calm at the prison at about 6:45pm after firing teargas inside the facility.
 
About 200 anti-riot police personnel also used rubber bullets to silence the inmates.
 
Majority of the 672 inmates claimed that they have been waiting for their trial in court for over five years.
 
Aruk described the demand by the inmates as trash saying it is not the responsibility of the prison authority to arraign inmates before court for trial. He blamed the delays on the slow judicial system in the country.