Prison break: Moroto prisons boss suspended

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Uganda prisons commissioner general, Johnson Byabashaija has suspended the officer in charge of Moroto government prisons.

Norman Aruho is als being investigated for the escape of 224 inmates with 14 guns last month.

Frank Baine, the prisons spokesperson, told Daily Monitor the suspension was meant to pave way for investigations.

Latif Mayamba who was the officer in charge of Soroti prisons has been transferred to Moroto prisons.

On September 16, inmates escaped with 14 guns, 15 magazines and 480 rounds of ammunition after overpowering prisons staff.

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One UPDF soldier was killed in a shootout with the inmates as security operatives tried to re-arrest the escapees.

Only 20 of the escapees were serving their sentences while 204 of them were on remand awaiting trial for different criminal offenses.

Government said the prisoners took advantage of the “low morale” by the prison warders following the outbreak of Cholera and Covid-19 in the prison.

At the time of the prison break, there were a total of 687 inmates of whom 236 were convicts whereas 451 were on remand.

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