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RESIDENTS BACK PROPOSAL TO RELOCATE MASINDI PRISONS, POLICE BARRACKS

By Ismail Bategeka

MASINDI: A section of businessmen and local leaders from Masindi district have supported the proposed request by the leaders to the government to consider relocating Masindi prisons and police barracks from the town.

Ms Joyce Kyamanywa, a shop owner near Masindi police barracks explains that when they relocate the two government institutions from the main town, they will create space for development of Masindi municipality.

“Relocating the two government institutions from the town is okay, but leaders should inform us exactly what projects they want to put in place such that we can prepare ourselves to tap into the opportunity,” she said.

According to Rogers Kanti, after the allocation of the two government institutions, it will create space for investors who will increase the tax base for Masindi.

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Kanti suggests that after relocation, the government can consider replacing it with a government nursing school and technical institution.

The Masindi leaders have been for years pushing for the relocation of the two government institutions from the town to create expansion of the town.

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In February 2022, the Masindi leaders requested the officials from Uganda Prison Services, and Urban Development during a meeting held at Masindi Municipal Chambers.

”When the government okays our request, it will create more space for development,” said Ronald Kyomuhendo the Mayor Masindi Municipality.

Kyomuhendo said the municipality has another piece of land where they can relocate the two institutions if the government honors their request.

“Town dwellers are always at high risk especially when the inmates escape, the prison warders always shoot to arrests the inmates who escape, anything can happen and bullet end up killing our people,” Kyomuhendo noted.

According to Cosmas Byaruhanga the Masindi district chairperson, the relocation of the two government institutions will not affect their operations.

Dr Florence Asimwe, the Woman Member of Parliament for Masindi pledged to table the proposal on the floor of parliament.

Mr Martha Mugarura, the assistant commissioner, Urban Development, said the physical planning must be followed by all parties in case they are successful with the relocation of the institutions.

Samuel Akena, the assistant commissioner general of prisons, who attended the meeting said the prisons will honor the leaders’ request provided they follow the rightful procedures.

“The request will be honored, provided they present their request through right channels,” he said.

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  1. Good move but i didn’t read anywhere museveni is supporting the move to relocate those institutions

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