Only a staff deployed as data clerk at the prisons regional office was in the office this morning while the rest of the team was locked up at Moroto Prison premises. Since Thursday, access to Moroto Prisons has been restricted, with tight security comprising four officers manning the main gate at day time. This is different from the other ordinary days where one person would be seen at the gate.
"We are also like prisoners now!” Those words by the only officer we managed to speak to at Moroto prison sum up the situation at the scene of Wednesday's daring breakout that shocked the nation and confused the security system.
There is now total restriction of all Moroto Prison Staff following Wednesday's record prison break that saw 219 inmates forcing their way out and capturing 15 submachineguns from the armoury. The escapees took off into the wilderness and a massive hunt has been mounted by the national military using ground and aerial deployments.
The confined staff are now even being restrained from interacting with relatives and members of the public. The public can now only contact one staff clerk stationed at the prisons regional office was in office since Friday morning. The rest of the team is locked up in their own Moroto Prisons premises.
Since Thursday, access to Moroto Prisons has been restricted, with tight security comprising four officers manning the main gate during day time. This is different from the other ordinary days where one person would be seen at the gate.
Inside the prison's premises, access to staff and family members has been restricted, with their known phones switched off. All-access points that have been free to staff and visitors are now guarded by at least two officers.
One of the officers, who spoke with our reporter on condition of anonymity says they were ordered to switch off their phones to avoid spreading information to the public about the escape of prisoners.
“We are not allowed to move out or speak on phone. Even hosting visitors have been restricted. We are also like prisoners now”, the source said.
Edson Lokut, a relative to a prison warder says he has been trying to call his brother since Wednesday without success. He notes that even attempts to reach him at his workplace were frustrated when he was blocked by the officers manning the gate.
Information obtained from Frank Baine, the Prisons Spokesman indicates that the team from prisons headquarters making inquiries on the matter. He says that their next point of action will be guided by findings of the investigators.
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So far, no arrest related to the escape of the inmates has been made, apart from the recapturing of a few escapees. A security meeting expected this morning was postponed as the team awaits the arrival of Deputy Inspector General of Police, Muzeyi Sabiiti.
For now, the prison guards have remained under guard in their prison, until the investigations are completed.