Margaret Orik Obonyo, the Northern Regional Prisons Commander, says hundreds of inmates comprising both male and female were relocated to Nwoya Prisons on Wednesday to reduce congestion at Gulu Main Prisons.
Unspecified number of inmates has been
relocated from Gulu Main Prisons to Nwoya Prisons in Anaka Town Council as a
preventive against the spread of COVID-19.
Margaret Orik Obonyo, the Northern
Regional Prisons Commander, says hundreds of inmates comprising both male and
female were relocated to Nwoya Prisons on Wednesday to
reduce congestion at Gulu Main Prisons.
Gulu Main Prisons hosts 1500 remand and
convicts inmates drawn from eight districts in Acholi Sub Region in Nwoya
Prisons in Ceke Ward in Anaka Town Council, which was commissioned last month, accommodates
Orik, however, declined to disclose the number
of inmates that were relocated to Nwoya Prisons citing security reasons.
week, Uganda Prisons Services Spokesperson, Frank Baine announced that several
isolation units in Gulu, Mbarara, Soroti and Kyejonjo districts had been
created where all newly remanded persons will be kept.
This he said is aimed at preventing
the likely transmission of COVID-19 in correctional facilities.
that the decision came after studies proved that prison facilities are at times
epicenters for infectious diseases.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc