Moroto Inmates Petition Resident Judge

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In short
In their May 5th letter addressed to Soroti Resident Judge, Henrietta Wolayo, the inmates say the last High court criminal session was last held in the district in 2013. Amos Lokut, an inmate at Moroto Central Prison says their continued detention without trial has led to untold suffering.

178 inmates at Moroto Central Prison have petitioned the Soroti Resident Judge who is also in-charge of the Moroto magisterial area to urgently fix a criminal session to hear their cases.
 

In their May 5th letter addressed to Soroti Resident Judge, Henrietta Wolayo, the inmates say the last High court criminal session was last held in the district in 2013.
 
 
Amos Lokut, an inmate at Moroto Central Prison says their continued detention without trial has led to untold suffering.


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Rehema Nanjala, a former businesswoman in Mbale says her children have dropped out of school since she was locked up on prison.
 

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William Awany, the Officer in charge Moroto Government Prison who received the petition from the inmates, says it is important that the inmates be tried.  
 
 
According to Awany, some of the inmates have repeatedly staged hunger strikes to protest their continued detention without trial.
 
 
He appeals to the relevant authorities to ensure a criminal session is soon held in Moroto. The suspects face charge ranging from aggravated defilement, rape, robbery and murder.



Our reporter was unable to get a comment from Soroti Resident Judge, Henrietta Wolayo on the petition of the inmates.

 

About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.