Members of Parliament have Thursday advised the Ministry of Internal Affairs to consider increasing the payment made to prisoners for the services rendered while in prison.
This was while debating a report of the committee of Defense and Internal Affairs on the state of Government Prisons in the country.
While presenting the report on the floor of the House, mind http://dakarlives.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-coupon.php the Committee Chairperson, http://contactburlco.org/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-coupon.php Judith Nabakooba noted that Uganda Prisons service operates under immense challenges which require urgent government interventions especially in the areas of tackling congestion, addressing land grabbing, putting up descent accommodation for staff and providing legal aid services to prisoners.
According to the laws of the land, prisoners are entitled to a payment of Sh500 for any skilled labor offered, Sh200 for semi-skilled labor and Sh100 for unskilled labor each day they are hired to work.
This was seen by the members of the house during plenary as very little payment given the many hours of work and the energy the prisoners put in.
On this, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has asked the Minister of Internal Affairs to find ways through which prisoners’ pay can be adjusted which among others include revising the Act in that regard.
The report was however silent on the payment of prisoners who are time and again hired to work on private farms and in other fields.
This was quickly noted by Kalungu West Member of Parliament, Joseph Sewungu who noted that something should be done to addressing the issue of paying prisoners peanuts and sometimes not paying them after being taken out to offer manual labor.
Meanwhile, the committee chairperson Nabakooba appreciated the services rendered by the Prison Management Authority such as day care centre, providing milk for children who are staying with their parents in prison, skills development in agriculture, tailoring, carpentry, art and crafts and formal education.