By Obed Kithende
KASESE: An ex-prisoner under Center for Hope and Life in after Prison Initiative (CHALAPI) Uganda in Busongora South, Kasese District District has officially opened a coordinating office that will house a home for rehabilitating ex-prisoners, drug addicts and victims of torture in Kasese District.
Located in Kinyabakazi cell in Muhokya Town Council, Busongora South, Kasese district. The rehabilitation centre according to Mr.
James Awori, would also house a skilling centre, post traumatic and depression management department and hospices unit among other services.
Mr. Awori who represented the organization’s Chairperson Board of Directors explained that the idea being the establishment of the centre was after realizing that most ex-prisoners fail where to start from especially those who spend a long period of time in jail.
Mr. Godfrey Kule Kiwede, the Ex-Prisoner and Organization’s Director, said he thought of establishing Centre for Hope and Life in and after Prison where he was in prison for 70 days due to unclear issues with his workmates in a certain company that he didn’t mention.
Kiwede explained that when he was in prison, he realized that 70% of the people in prisons across the country are there on allegations while 30% are criminals.
Rev. Solomon Badaaki, the Human Resource Officer at KARDEC who represented the Executive Director, Rev. Can. Dr. Uziah Maate Kiriaghe, hailed CHALAPI Uganda for coming up with such an initiative that she said would help the community to nurture people into responsible citizens.
Ms. Anet Katusabe attached to Muhokya town council says the initiative would help to sensitize the community and reduce the increase of criminality since it was going to engage most youth in vocational training skills in the area.