Police investigate Masindi prison break-in

Thursday August 1 2019

Confirmed. Frank Baine, Prisons PRO.

Confirmed. Frank Baine, Prisons PRO. 

By Ismail Bategeka

Police in Masindi District are investigating circumstances under which unknown criminals attempted to break into Masindi prison.
Preliminary investigations reveal that unidentified intruders accessed the female section of the prison on July 24. However, the intruders were repulsed before they could take anything.
The Albertine region police spokesperson, Mr Julius Hakiza, said no one has been arrested so far.

“We can’t tell you where we have reached with our investigations but police is still investigating the matter,” Mr Hakiza said on Tuesday.
Uganda Prison Service spokesperson Frank Baine said they have since increased the security at the prison.
“We have now strengthened our security to include the outer ring manned by armed male prison wardens,” Mr Baine said.
He said investigations point to a woman who was sentenced to 50 years for murder and robbery.

Without giving names, Mr Baine said even during remand, the convict’s conduct and that of her co-accused had been puzzling the prison authorities.
He confirmed that the convict was not in the facility at the time of the attempted prison break since she was recently transferred to Luzira Maximum Prison together with her co-accused.
On July 19, the High Court in Masindi sentenced Alexia Kobusingye to 50 years in jail after she was found guilty of masterminding the murder of David Kamusiime, a resident of Kibingo Village, Kabwoya Sub-county in Kikuube District.

Court presided over by Justice Anna Bitatule sentenced Kobusingye after she was found guilty of hiring Wilfred Zoleka and Ismail Aroho to shoot Kamusiime on February 10, 2016 at his home in Kabwoya.
Prosecution said Kamusiime sold 40 acres of land to Kobusingye´s husband, Karala Erick, at Shs30 million and had not paid a balance of Shs10m by the time of his death. The wife then refused to pay it.