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Construction of Kitalya Mini-Max Prison Nears Completion

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Dr. Johnson Byabashaija, the Commissioner General Uganda Prisons Service, says they expect to officially open the facility in October or November this year.
31 Aug 2019 10:18
Can. Dr. Johnson Byabashaija, the commissioner general of uganda prisons service speaking to journalists in Gulu

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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.  

It also 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 Dokolo.

Out of the total number of inmates in Uganda Prisons, 52.8 percent are convicts while 47.2 are on remand.