The Criminal Investigations Directorate-CID has advised the Uganda Prisons Service to deploy soldiers to guard government prisons.
This follows last month’s escape of 223 prisoners from Moroto government prison.
According to a report compiled by the CID,
the investigating team led by Francis Oulugu, the head of crimes desk at CID
recommended for the deployment of soldier’s at all major government prisons
since many of them are holding high profile suspects.
The CID recommendation is contained in a report about the investigations that commenced on September 29 purposely to uncover circumstances that led to the escape of prisoners from Moroto government Prison.
The CID notes that it was inappropriate for only prison officers to guard a detention facility that had 684 prisoners of which 107 were to face the Court Martial for engaging in armed robberies, gun violence and several of them were army deserters. The investigation team also recommended the installation of Closed Circuit Television –CCTV cameras purposely to monitor prisoners’ movements, groupings, interaction with prison officers and visitors.
The Uganda Prisons Services Spokesperson, Frank Baine, said he is yet to receive a copy of the report and comment after. ENDS.