MPs probe prisoners’ prolonged stay on remand
Legislators on the Public Accounts Committee grilled the officials of Uganda Prisons Services over the prolonged stay of prisoners on remand without trial.
This followed revelations in the audit reports raised by the Auditor General that painted a bad image into the time prisoners stay, with findings indicating that some prisoners have been on remand for more than 72 months.
Uganda Prisons had planned to provide a total carrying capacity of a daily average of 16,517 prisoners.
However, at the time of the audit, an inspection was carried out on a sample of stations which revealed that the population of prisoners as of August 2017 stood at 49,900 exceeding the available capacity by 33,383 inmates putting the occupancy level of prisons at 260%.