His Excellency Gen. Yoweri Museveni has commissioned over 900 Prison Officers comprising 706 Warders and 213 Wardresses.
President Museveni, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Uganda Armed Forces, commended the leadership of Uganda Prisons Service (UPS) for using the facility to nurture people into responsible citizens.
“I want to congratulate the Prisons’ leadership for sustaining this centre since 1950, despite the bad times. You maintained this asset that has become necessary to train our cadres,” he said.
The President was speaking during the pass out of the Prisons’ Officers on Thursday, 18 January, 2018 at the Prisons Academy and Training School grounds in Luzira in Kampala.
He noted that maintaining facilities like the Prisons Centre has saved the country from squandering resources that would otherwise be committed to training Prisons’ Officers outside.
He congratulated the Prisons’ Officers who had successfully completed three months’ training, and also saluted the Commission General of Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija and his team for concentrating on skills’ development which he said is good for both the Academy and the country at large.
Quoting the parable of the mastered seed in the Bible, President Museveni commended and congratulated the prisons for the developmental projects including the newly completed 480 housing units. He warned the graduands against irresponsible lifestyles saying they must avoid anything that would put their lives in danger.
State Minister for Internal Affairs, Hon. Obiga Kania, thanked the President for the good guidance saying it has contributed to the institution’s growth and development.
On his part, the Commissioner General of Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija, commended the President for his continuous support to the Uganda Prisons Service. He observed that that support and empowerment has made the institution grow. He, however, noted the challenge of population growth and said it comes with a lot of challenges to the institution. He, therefore, appealed to the Criminal Justice system, especially the Directorate of Public Prosecution and the Judiciary to expeditiously try cases in order to reduce the remand prisoner population.