Prisons authorities exhibited highest form of incompetence
Posted Sunday, November 3 2013 at 00:00
I am reacting to a story in a local daily about how prison authorities failed to utilise Shs2.4 billion allocated to them.
This money was meant for construction and renovation of various prisons in the country. Some of the beneficiaries were Namalu, Bushenyi, Kiruhura and Rwimi. Appearing before the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, prison authorities gave lame reasons that they lacked capacity to utilise funds from Justice Law and Order Sector.
I was dumb founded to hear this, bearing in mind that all prisons countrywide are congested to the extent that concerned authorities have devised means of subjecting petty offenders to community work instead of sending them to jail.
What the prison authorities have exhibited is the highest degree of incompetence. Many questions come to mind: couldn’t they tender so that they secure competent construction firms to do the work or hire some building engineers for the technical work while the prisoners offer free labour?
Government officials should never accept officers to just warm chairs. They should work and deliver on their key result area. The newly appointed minister of Internal Affairs was praised by the appointing authority to the extent that he was assigned the task of overseeing the issuance of national identity cards. This gives me the impression that he is a man of action.
My humble appeal to him is to swing the axe against these prison authorities so that we see things done in line with the interests of Ugandans. Service delivery is the key note of governance, any failure in this regard, however, marginal it is, is a failure on the government as a whole. Do not let prison authorities walk scot free on this important matter.
Chris M. Kato,