The Uganda Prisons Services has defended its decision to transfer State Minister for Labour and Industrial Development Hon.Mwesigwa Rukutana to Kitalya maximum security prison.
Rukutana was last week transferred from Kyamugorani prison in Mbarara and detained at Kitalya prison in Wakiso district, prompting several members of the public, especially on social media to make comments regarding the same.
Many claimed that being a minister, Rukutana was moved to a well facilitated prison at Kitalya, a privilege they said is enjoyed by a few prisoners.
However, addressing journalists this morning , Prisons spokesperson, Frank Baine said the Commissioner General of Prisons is given powers under the Prisons Act of 2006 to cause the transfer of an inmate to any prisons around the country if he so wishes.
Dr.Johnson Bybashaija said the new prison was set aside as an isolation center for new inmates.
Speaking to journalists, Baine explained that whereas the initial plan for the construction of Kitalya was to help decongest Luzira, especially for high profile inmates, the new facility is now used to keep new inmates. ENDS .