HUNGER HITS JUVENILES HARD AT KABALE REMAND HOME
By Libino Byamukama
Juveniles at Kampiringisi remand home in Kabale are at risk of losing their lives due to starvation.
This was detected yesterday when about 30 juveniles from Kabale remand home appeared before Kisoro grade one magistrate his worship Raphael Vueni to answer different charges levied against them.
Most of the juveniles aged between 14 to 17 looks malnourished and dehydrated which prompted his worship Raphael Vueni to ask whether they feed the Juveniles in Kabale remand home.
An officer who had escorted the juveniles told magistrate that the number of children at Kabale remand home is overstretching and beyond their capacity.
He revealed that three children scramble for a meal that is supposed to be for one child in a day because of the big number at the facility.
Some of the juveniles had spent more than 6 months on remand which violets the law. The law requires a juvenile not to spend on remand more than 48 days without being charged.
The officer who escorted the juveniles told magistrate that the facility lacks fuel to keep transporting them from Kabale to Kisoro court on a weekly basis.
Parents who were in Kisoro court room yesterday couldn’t hold back tears on seeing how their children were left starving to death. They begged his worship Raphael Vueni to issue court bail to their children so that they could go and feed them for a while and return them back after. Some Juveniles were shivering and couldn’t stand on their own.
His worship Raphael Vueni released some juveniles on court bail and others were sent back to Kabale remand home.
He cautioned parents that they risk losing their children to armed security officers if they don’t stop engaging into criminality. He said that nowadays it is dangerous to walk through Kisoro municipality during night hours because of unruly juveniles waylaying residents.