Congestion at Kirinya Prisons Worries Officers

Kirinya Prisons Main Gate

The South eastern Regional Prisons Commander Mr Patrick Masiga has decried the overwhelming number of prisoners at the Jinja based Kirinya prison.

Mr Masiga said the number of inmates in Kirinya Upper prison has increased compared to the space.

Speaking to ChimpReports from Jinja, for sale Mr Masiga said the facility was built during the colonial era in early 1930s meant for very few inmates compared to the current number.

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“The facility which was designed in 1930s has over 1000 prisoners, viagra 100mg a much higher figure than its capacity of 360 inmates, the number increases but the space has remained the same,” he said.

Mr Masiga said the delayed disposal of Court cases, misplacement of files, delayed appeals have also made the number to increase because even if one person is released he creates space for others and making them comfortable.

He also disclosed that the prison is over stretched in terms of physical security, infrastructure and amenities.

Mr John Kakaire, a former inmate describes the situation in the prison as an inhuman because the space is too small and hot especially at night.

“When you get where to sleep, you can’t turn because of limited space in the prison, we are just fighting for space,” Mr Kakaire narrated.

Mr Sale Yusufu also a former inmate of Kirinya prision who was convicted of desertion and sentenced to four years said when he was serving his sentence, they were over 3000 yet the space was too small to accommodate such a big number, and the buildings are dilapidated and with asbestos which are very dangerous to human being.

“They used to force us to enter at 4:00PM yet the place was too hot you feel like collapsing, a room which has a capacity of 32 inmates can end up accommodating 80 inmates, Food at Kirinya is also a challenge, sometimes it is out of stock and when it is their there is no fire wood to cook it,” he explained.

To date, neither expansion nor modernization has taken place in these two facilities hence congestion, which leaves them overstretched.

In 2014, Uganda was ranked seventh with most congested prisons in the world and the fourth most congested in Africa by the International journal of Criminology.


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