Corporal Warder Atunu, who was the armoury man removed the guns from strong room because the padlocks had become faulty. CID adds that two iron bars of the main gate had been suspiciously removed and not replaced moved for more than a month. The small and main gates were suspiciously open on the fateful day.
Army and Prisons personnel at a government prison
Investigating officers have made damning findings of possible treacherous complicity by prisons officers that made the mass escape from Moroto Prison possible, Uganda Radio Network can reveal.
URN has learnt that Criminal
Investigations Directorate –CID has thus recommended the prosecution of five Moroto
prisons officers over their alleged roles in the September 16 escape of 223
prisoners from the government prison.
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, in Karamoja sub-region.
The head of
general crimes desk at CID, ACP Francis Olugu, led the team that has since
established that the prisoners’ escape was not an abrupt incident but a well
calculated move that involved prison officers attached to the same incarceration
in their report say the escape process started a fortnight earlier when
the Officer In charge –OC Superintendent Norman Aruho, appointed a new prisoner, a hardcore murder suspect Loguti Mariko, as head of prisoners.
was commanded by Loguti Mariko who was on a remand committal on murder charges.
But SP Aruho Norman erroneously appointed, Loguti Mariko, as overall prisoner
[RP] which was against the standing procedure of Prisons Service where such a person
must have been with a good discipline record and must have been observed for some
time,” CID indicates in its report.
Prior to the
afternoon prison escape, CID indicates that Principal Officer II, Fred Mugisha,
head of reception at Moroto Prison, received 130,000 shillings on his mobile
phone from a source that indicated it was for Lotipus Challakweng, one of the inmates
CID investigators add that Prisons Commanders Principal Officer, Geoffrey Owori and his deputy Joseph Anguadia,
told the staff to fire a few bullets in the air and later ordered them to lock
themselves inside their offices instead of pursuing the escapees.
“Fire in the
air and run away was the order given to staff who attempted to stop the escapees.
If it was not an act of cowardice from Owori Geoffrey and Anguadia Joseph, it was
perhaps deliberately done to let the prisoners escape,” CID report further reads.
Warder Atunu, who was the armoury man, also known as In charge station order, allegedly removed the guns from strong room because the padlocks had become
faulty. CID adds that two iron bars of the main gate had been suspiciously removed
and not replaced for more than a month. The small and main gates were
open on the fateful day.
Out of 223
escapees, 107 have already been re-arrested by police, army and prisons personnel. The prisoners
according to CID investigations escaped with 14 guns, 16 magazines and 480 live
After ACP Olugu
and his team briefing CID Director, AIGP Grace Akullo, it was resolved
that SP Aruho, Mugisha, Owori, Anguadia and Atunu be prosecuted either
at disciplinary level or criminal court for their roles in the jailbreak.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.