Construction of Kitalya Mini-max Prison in
Wakiso District is near completion.
Construction work by Plantek
Limited and Ambitious Construction Limited started in
June 2016 with the funding from Uganda government and
aid from Justice, Law and Order Sector –JLOS.
The Shillings 25 billion facility is expected
to decongest Luzira upper prison, which is chocking with over 3,000
inmates. Kitalya mini-max prison has 30 cells and is expected
to accommodate 2,000 inmates.
The facility also has a medical wing with
inpatient and isolation rooms and over 70 CCTV
camera points with control rooms both on site and off site.
has classroom and workshop blocks, sport facilities, multipurpose hall, multiple watchtowers and a modern administrative block.
Dr. Johnson Byabashaija, the Commissioner
General Uganda Prisons Service, says they expect to officially open the
facility in October or November this year.
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Dr. Byabashaija says the mini-max prison is
meant to only accommodate inmate serving long sentences to relieve Luzira
prison, which is so congested.
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Current statistics by the Uganda Prisons Service
indicates that there are 59,300 inmates in the 254 prisons countrywide.
In a bid to decongest the 254 prisons, Byabashaija said they have built
more prisons like in Orom Sub –County in Kitgum district, Kabong and
Out of the total number of inmates in Uganda Prisons,
52.8 percent are convicts while 47.2 are on remand.