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LEADERS WANT GOV’T TO RELOCATE MASINDI PRISON AND POLICE BARRACKS

By Moses Muruli

MASINDI: Masindi district leaders have reiterated their appeal to central government calling for the relocation of Masindi prison and police barracks in order to create space for the development and expansion of Masindi town.

This was during a meeting of the leaders from the district with officials from Uganda prison services and the urban development held at Masindi municipal chambers on Friday last week.

The meeting was initiated by Masindi municipal authorities in their pursuit for more land for future development.

During the meeting, the mayor Masindi municipality Ronald Businge Kyomuhendo told the visiting team that Masindi municipality is at a stage where many things need to be done in order to bring development including an industrial hub.

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He however noted the prison and police barracks are sitting on big chunks of land that would help Masindi town to expand and develop. Kyomuhendo told the visiting team that the municipality has land where government can relocate the institutions such that the land where they are sitting is used by the municipality for other projects.

The mayor urged that the location of the prison in the town does  not only hinder its expansion but also endangering  the lives of the  people who risk being harmed whenever the prisoners escape and the warders shoot bullets as they try to re-arrest them.

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Speaking during the same meeting, the district chairperson Cosmas Byaruhanga noted that the municipality expands every day and he asked the responsible authorities to agree on how they can relocate some of the government institutions in a way that will not compromise their activities.

Samuel Akena, the assistant commissioner general of prisons who represented the commissioner general while responding to the leaders’ concerns said the prisons department is ready to honor their concerns provided they follow the rightful procedures.

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Martha Mugarura, the assistant commissioner ministry of urban development blamed the problem on the failure by government officials to follow the   physical plan when constructing structures in the urban area.

Masindi district woman Member of Parliament Dr Florence Asiimwe advised the district authorities to take the matter to the relevant offices and promised that MPs from the district will accord them the necessary support including taking the matter to the floor the parliament.

The leaders from the district have for long been pushing for the relocation of Masindi prisons and police barracks to Kabalye cell in Karujubu division.

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