Museveni graduates prisons officers, wants convicts hanged

Museveni at the passout of prisons officers

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Thursday presided over the pass out of 919 prisons officers at the Luzira Prisons Training Academy.

They included 706 warders and wardresses and 213 non-commissioned officers.

Museveni congratulated the prisons leadership for sustaining the prisons facility over the years, since 1950. He called it a nursery for new cadreship.

“In the past when we didn’t have such training facilities, we squandered a lot of money training abroad,” the president said, adding, “We are saving a lot by doing our training here. We are now left with setting up a National Defence College.”

He congratulated the Commissioner General of Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija, on the new town around Luzira.

In the Bible, there is the Parable of the Sower, where some seeds fell on good soils and germinated, the president observed.

“It seems Prisons are seeds that fell on good soils. I advised them to use their own construction unit to build staff houses.”

Prisons, according to the president, spend Shs59m on a complex of 12 units. So far, 480 units have been built. “This is commendable”.

On the death penalty, Museveni said he has not been assenting to hanging of convicts because of his Christian background but being lenient is causing people to think they can cause harm and get away with it.

“I will revise my position. To the graduands, you are going out to a tempting world.”

He advised graduands to avoid sexual promiscuity (umalaya) which could cause them to lose their lives.

“Avoid alcohol. Don’t be corrupt because you might become an inmate instead of a warder.”