Prisons in 'Temporal Relief ' as Prosecutor's Strike Continues

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Wilson Francis Magomu, the Prisons Commander in Charge of the Kampala Extra Region, says averagely they have between 9000 to 10000 prisoners as the lock-up of the region. The Luzira covers the Luzira based group of prisons and Kigo Prison.

Uganda Prison Service says the strike by state prosecutors has led to a temporal relief on prisons in terms of congestion.

Wilson Francis Magomu, the Prison's Commander in Charge of the Kampala Extra Region, says averagely they have between 9000 to 10000 prisoners as the lock-up of the region. The Luzira covers the Luzira based group of prisons and Kigo Prison.

He said the number of prisoners in detention had slightly reduced because no new prisoners were committed by the courts. The courts, according to Magomu have been granting bail to some of the suspects in the absence of the government prosecutors while suspects are being granted bond at police stations.

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Moses Sentalo, the OC Kigo Men's Prison said the prison has not had new admissions since the prosecutors went on strike. He, however, added that the strike is affecting the number of prisoners who would have been presented to the court for trial.

The Prosecutors laid down their tools more than a month ago asking for a pay rise from the government in a move that has paralyzed court hearing of civil and criminal cases.

Though creating a temporary relief of new numbers to the already congested prisons, the strike has had dire implications on the rights of inmates all over the country.

Mukisa Ronald, an inmate and Chairperson of the Kigo Men's prison Human Rights Committee voiced the prisoner's concerns before a team of officials from Uganda Human Rights Commission
 
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Kigo men's prison has 1,450 prisoners in detention. Some were convicted while the majority are on remand.    Mukisa and other inmates are appealing to the government to resolve the current standoff with the prosecutors in order to ensure that people who are incarcerated get timely justice.