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Tuesday, 28 April 2020 16:33

#COVID-19: Museveni pardons 833 prisoners


President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has exercised his constitutional powers to pardon 883 prisoners across the country.  

The Constitution under article 121(4) says that: The president may, on the advice of the committee [Prerogative of Mercy committee], grant to any person convicted of an offence a pardon either free or subject to lawful conditions; grant to a person a respite, either indefinite or for a specified period, from the execution of punishment imposed on him or her for an offence; substitute a less severe form of punishment for a punishment imposed on a person for an offence; or remit the whole or part of a punishment imposed on a person or of a penalty or forfeiture otherwise due to Government on account of any offence.

Frank Baine, the spokesperson of the Uganda Prisons Services, said the details of who is going to be released and what kind of sentences they have been serving will be communicated as of when they have worked them out. 

Museveni’s move to pardon such a big number of prisoners is in line with government’s efforts to decongest prisons which are said to be potential places for the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.




Published: April 28, 2020


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#Administrative Notice

You are all aware that the world has been hit by a highly infectious pandemic known as COVID – 19 caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, a virus closely related to the SARS virus.


You are also aware that Uganda has registered a number of cases of this disease. Any occurrence of cases inside the prison will be catastrophic considering the prime conditions that prevail.


This Administrative Instruction, therefore, serves to bring to your attention how it is spread, it’s symptoms and to guide the establishment of responses to absolutely prevent any circumstance that would further compromise the vulnerability of the prison environment.






Published: March 25, 2020

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Saturday, 22 February 2020 10:10

Uganda's newly constructed hi-tech Prison


KITALYA - Construction of the largest prisoner correctional facility in Uganda has been completed. The facility sitting at 5-acres of land situated about 55 kilometres northwest of Kampala, in Wakiso District is now ready to receive inmates, according to Dr Johnson Byabashaija, the Commissioner-General of Prisons. 

Named Kitalya Mini-Max Prison, the Shs25 billion state of the art facility was funded by the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) and constructed by Ambitious Construction Company Limited. 

It was built with large sized prison wards and 30 cells all fitted with modern sanitary facilities. It has a fully-fledged medical wing with an inpatient section, a contact visitors’ room and isolation rooms for contagious diseases, plus a kitchen equipped with power-saving technology.

The facility also has classroom blocks equipped with a computer lab and library, a large workshop block specifically designed and built for prison industry activities, fully-fledged sports facilities including a football pitch, a volleyball court, a basketball court and lawn tennis court in addition to a multipurpose hall. 

Its completion is expected to decongest Luzira upper prison, which is chocking with more than 3,000 inmates, five times above its holding capacity of 600 inmates. Dr Byabashaija observed that Kitalya Mini-Max prison is a game-changer in the war against prison congestion. 

It was built with large sized prison wards and 30 cells all fitted with modern sanitary facilities. It has a fully-fledged medical wing with an inpatient section, a contact visitors’ room and isolation rooms for contagious diseases, plus a kitchen equipped with power-saving technology.




Published: Feb. 24 2020

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The Uganda Prisons Service has reformed over the years and has won praise for the best correctional system for prisoners in Africa. Canon Dr. Johnson Byabashaija, the Commissioner General of Prisons spoke to The Independent  Magazine's Ronald Musoke about running a human-rights based correctional service.




Published: May 22, 2 019

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The Principal Judge, Hon. Justice Dr Yorokamu Bamwine, flagged off a hands on training on Case Preparation on Plea Bargaining at Mbarara Main Prison.The training attracted actors in the criminal justice system as well as a team comprised legal experts as well as students from Pepperdine and Yale universities. The team was led by Prof Danny DeWalt, the Associate Dean Administration and Leadership Development at Pepperdine University.

In a brief made by SP Innocent Draville, the Officer in Charge of Mbarara Main Prison 300 inmates had expressed willingness to take part in the exercise."Initially only 118 inmates had enrolled for Plea Bargaining but when the Mbarara Senior Resident Judge came and sensitized inmates, another 110 signed up...we also got 67 others from Kakyika and eight women," said SP Draville.

Mbarara Main Prison holds 1,820 inmates, of these 856 are remand committals and 655 are convicts.




Published: March 12, 2019

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Prison inmates at the Luzira Maximum Security Prison, who sat for the 2018 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Examinations (UACE), have qualified for tertiary education.Results released on 28th February 2019 saw 21 of the 30 candidates from the Luzira-based Upper Prison Inmates Secondary School excel with at least two principal passes that are required for one to join tertiary education.

Twelve candidates passed with one principal while two qualified with subsidiary passes and no failure registered. Twenty-nine of the 30 were male and only one female, Evelyn Atimango, who qualified with subsidiaries. The best student is Wasige Kulaira, a convicted prisoner who scored 17 points.

According to the results, four prisoners; Leuben Asiimwe, Geoffery Mawa, Amon Musimenta and Ogema Morish, each scored 12 points. Officials at the Uganda Prisons Service attribute the better performance to discipline, which is a condition for joining education at prisons.

Mr Gilbert Nuwamanya, the head of Luzira Prisons Inmates Education Services, said the education programme has enabled many to become productive after prison life.


Published: March 4, 2019


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Thursday, 06 December 2018 15:57

2,000 prisoners seek presidential pardon