By; Peter Gideon Ssebulime
Uganda Prison Services has disclosed that over 29,000 prisoners have failed to have their cases heard in courts due to the ongoing prosecutors’ strike.
Yesterday, business was paralyzed in courts across the county as all state prosecutors under the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) resumed their strike over low pay and poor working conditions.
Three months ago, Government asked prosecutors to call off their strike committing to meet some of their demands, which included professional allowances, salary enhancements, and tax waivers.
Now, the Prisons Spokesperson Frank Baine reveals that over 28,000 inmates on remand haven’t appeared before court since yesterday yet services which include medication, clothes and food for them are limited.
He further says prison serves has also found it difficult to accommodate the increasing inmates since every day they arraign in court over 15,000 suspects, and release at least 500 daily which now doesn’t happen.
Baine appeals government to expeditiously intervene and calm down the situation.