By Yosam Gucwaki
Uganda government prisons has put in place 20 visiting judges to carry out oversight role in 16 government prisons in the mid-western region.
The 20 visiting judges are retired civil servants who were selected from the six districts of Masindi, Bulisa, Kyankwanzi, Kiboga, Hoima and Kiryandongo and they will do the oversight role in government prisons like Masindi prison, Isimba prison, Hoima prison, Buseruka prison, Kigumba prison, Butaiba prison farm Biiso prison among others.
Speaking during the induction of the visiting justices James Emotu, the Assistant commissioner of prisons explained that the visiting justices’ role is to see whether prisoners in government prisons are accessing justice and better welfare.
He added that they are going to start work immediately since they have been inducted adding that they are supposed to compile reports and submit them to the Commissioner of prisons.
Emotu also explained that the visiting justices will sign three years renewable contract and will be visiting prisons twice a year.
He also added that their cardinal role is to advise and inform prison managers on how they can perform better in managing prisons.
Emotu also said that they expect them to perform diligently since they will be doing their work independently.
Henry Narwaluma the OC in charge Masindi government prisons said they are ready to cooperate with them saying that there will be no interference in their operations.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website