By Christopher Nyeko
GULU: The Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese, Most Reverend Dr. John Baptist Odama, has apologized to a total of 142 juveniles who are serving their sentences for various offenses, including capital offenses, at the Gulu remand home in Gulu city.
The Gulu archdiocese Bishop over the weekend preceding the launch of a multi-million greenhouse project sponsored by Don Bosco Uganda.
In his brief to the juvenile, Odama says the children came into contact with the law because elders failed to direct them on the right path of life, adding that some of them were not guided on what to do.
In his own capacity as a parent, the bishop asked the juveniles to forgive the elders for failing to perform their cardinal roles of upholding the good morals required by their society.
He requested that they remain prayerful to God and remain hopeful that they will still become good people in society, citing the example of Saint Augustine, whose personality he said was troubled by life but accepted change and later became a highly respected saint in the Catholic denomination.
Gulu remained home to a total of 142 juveniles, of whom 138 were boys and only four were girls.
On Saturday, Salesian of Don Bosco Uganda launched a multi-Million dollar greenhouse project aimed at enhancing the feeding of the juveniles and increasing the income generation at the facility.
Reverend Father Denis Habamungu, Salesian of Don Bosco, says the greenhouse will house a total of 1,000 bags of Anaa F2 tomato variety seedlings that, when they start flourishing, will be harvested for a period of about six months.
Joseph Musasizi, officer commanding the Gulu remand home, welcomed the project, saying the juveniles will learn horticulture since they will be doing the activity on their own with the supervision of the specialist in horticulture.
He assures them that they will return to the community where they hail from when transformed and equipped with hand-skill knowledge since a number of NGOs are partnering with the facility to offer long-term life skills and hand-skill knowledge to them.
Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu city mayor, said the facility will be a demonstration and learning area for the people in Gulu city since it is the first of its kind to be established. He praised Don Bosco for helping the remand home.
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