Uganda: Gun Stolen From Prison Wardress While On Whatsapp

22 October 2019

Mpigi — Police in Mpigi District are investigating circumstances under which unidentified man attacked a prison wardress attached to Mpigi Prisons Service and stole a gun from her.

According to police in the area, the prison wardress identified as Hadijah Katono was attacked on Monday afternoon during a downpour while guarding prisoners in Mpigi Town Council.

"It's unfortunate that we haven't recovered the gun (AK-47) yet. Our preliminary investigation shows that the prison wardress was on WhatsApp before the attacker stole the gun from her," Mr. Joab Wabwire, Mpigi District Police Commander said.

Eyewitnesses told this reporter that the "attacker" came with an arrow, slapped the prison wardress twice and picked the gun from her before escaping from the scene of crime to a nearby forest.

"We have a problem of having inadequate security manpower at Mpigi prison. To make matters worse, our warders and wardresses are always away in the nearby villages making some money. They are usually paid Shs. 20,000 when they take some prisoners to dig for some farm owners so we end up lacking the required security here," a security officer who preferred anonymity because he is not the official spokesperson for Uganda Prisons Service said.

Mr. Majid Lubowa, a businessman in Mpigi Town Council advised Prisons authorities to deploy the army around the prison and its neighborhood to tighten security.

The prison wardress is currently detained at Mpigi Central Police Station pending further investigations into the matter as the person who took off with the gun is still being hunted.

This has created tension and fear among residents in Mpigi District suspecting that the stolen gun could be used to terrorise communities.

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