Wednesday April 30 2014

Prisoner rearrested, isolated

By Ephraim Kasozi

He committed the offences in Fort Portal and was tried. But because of the gravity of the offences Moses Wagaba committed, he was transferred to serve his punishment at Luzira prison.

It is a maximum security prison but Wagaba managed to elude the security there.
However, since July 12, 2013, the Luzira prison authorities did not rest until the re-arrest of the convict who had served one and half years of the 45-year-punishment. He was arrested after eight months following intelligence reports.
Wagaba was convicted by High Court in Fort portal on two separate case files.
On the first two offences, he was convicted for robbery and murder and sentenced to 25 years for each of the offences but both sentences were to run concurrently.

In a separate case file, Wagaba was convicted for robbery and defilement and sentenced to 20 years in prison, making his punishment 45 years.
Dr Johnson Byabashaija, the Commissioner General of Prisons (CGP) confirmed the re-arrest of Wagaba through a joint operation between the prisons services and the police, saying the achievement was a result of resilience by the force to follow up their cases.

“It is hard to explain because it implies a failure to perform our duties of keeping the society safe. This injured the pride, professionalism, trust and confidence that the public had in the service,” Dr Byabashaija told journalists at his office.

The prison chief said Wagaba, who is back to prison, is being isolated after he was debriefed before facing disciplinary measures. He said the days Wagaba spent while on escape will be calculated and added to his punishment.
“We are going to punish him and he will forego the privileges given to inmates in the interim,” Dr Byabashaija said.

Prisons dilemma
Currently, the Uganda Prison Service is comprised of 5,800 uniformed staff guarding 40,526 inmates in 326 units. Escape attracts a two year penalty on conviction.