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Prisons to recruit 1,000

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By EPHRAIM KASOZI

Posted  Friday, December 20  2013 at  02:00

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More workers. A deficit in the labour force in prisons will be eliminated by the exercise.

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Arrangements have been finalised for the Uganda Prisons Service to recruit more than 1,000 personnel in a move to cope with the increasing population of inmates in the country, senior officials have revealed. Prison officials said a total of 6,400 officials are currently guarding close to 40,000 inmates countrywide, which inflicts a heavy burden on the personnel.
Speaking at the opening of the 14th Prison Council, Dr Johnson Byabashaija, the commissioner general of prisons, said inmates increase at the rate of 8 per cent per year.

Recruitment
“The recruitment exercise has been long overdue but I believe that our request will be approved by the Ministry of Public Service for the exercise to start next year,” said Dr Byabashaija, revealing that the recruitment exercise seeks 900 warders and wardresses while 100 will be recruited as cadets.
According to Dr Byabashaija, the service has established an intelligence directorate to enhance circulation of information and reports to strengthen the guarding system to counter the new trend of crimes in society.
“We have also established a dog sec

tion to reinforce security of inmates because we cannot increase the number of staff exponentially due to meager resources,” he added.
Dr Byabashaija said: “We have established staff welfare committees at the different stations to help our personnel to cope up with hard situations. This is a result of the guidance by the President (Museveni) on how to cope up from low salary.”

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