A source at the prison facility, says the seven inmates complained about their health in the morning before they were taken to the garden but they were ignored.
He was to appear before Apac Grade One Magistrates Court on February 25th on charges of theft.
The North Kyoga Region
Police headquarters is investigating the death of three inmates at Atopi
government prison in Apac district.
The deceased inmates
are Richard Ebong, a resident of Acok Village and Christopher Oyita and Calvin
Oluta. Ebong was arrested together with three others for alleged theft and
remanded to Atopi prison on August 12th 2019.
He was expected to appear
before Apac Grade One Magistrate’s Court on February 25th, 2020.
However, reports indicate that seven inmates collapsed in the prisons on Monday
evening after returning from the garden.
They were rushed to
Apac Main Hospital where three were confirmed dead. The remaining four inmates
are fighting for their lives at the facility.
A source at the prison facility,
says the seven inmates complained about their health in the morning before they
were taken to the garden but they were ignored.
Dr. Sabiiti Fanuel,
the Medical Superintendent Apac Main Hospital, who doubles as the hospital
director, confirmed the deaths, saying the bodies are lying at the mortuary.
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The Mid North Regional Prison Commander, Simpson Ebil Simeon, says postmortems are
yet to be done to establish the cause of the deaths.
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Peter Nkulega, the North Kyoga Regional Police Commander, says they have
launched investigations into the incident.
Lilly Omara, a resident of Bardek in Atik Division Apac Municipality alleges
that the inmates at Atopi government prison suffer serious starvation and poor
hygiene compared to those in Olili government prison in the same district.
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Paul Okullo, a resident Alworoceng parish in Ibuje Sub County who was once an
inmate at the prison called for timely treatment of inmates with health
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The Uganda Prisons
Spokesperson, Frank Baine hasn’t yet commented as he could neither pick nor
return calls from our reporter.
Nicholas Ogwang, the Manager Gulu Human Rights Regional Office, who had visited
the prison, blames the incident on poor feeding and ill health.
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In 2010, a family in Apac District dragged Atopi prison authorities to court
over the death of their son. The late David Olet was remanded to the prison on
charges of assault from where he was allegedly tortured to death.