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Internal affairs minister visits Luzira prison over congestion

Uganda’s Internal Affairs Minister Jeje Odongo on Tuesday visited Luzira prison, the largest detention centre in Uganda.

Odongo’s visit and inspection was part of his first familiarisation tour of Luzira prison in Kampala as the minister of internal affairs.

He was received by the Deputy Commissioner general of prisons, James Mwanje and other officials.

Prison spokesperson Frank Baine said one of the main challenges faced by Luzira and other prisons across the country is congestion due to the growing number of convicts and suspects.

Odongo is not the first top government official to visit Luzira prison this year.

While in Luzira prison where he was being held on demand over treason charges, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye complained of congestion and abuse of human rights in the detention centre.

Consequently, Nakawa Court Chief Magistrate James Ereemye in who was presiding over Besigye’s case visited the prisons in July this year.

Eremye who heads the DCC [District Chain-Linked Committees then said he had visited Luzira to ascertain the issues raised by Dr Besigye, a four time challenger of President Yoweri Museveni.

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