BY PPU REPORTER
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has commissioned 2,234 Uganda Prisons Service Officers at Kololo Independence Grounds. The commissioned officers included 200 Cadet Assistant Superintendents of Prisons (CASPs) ,318 Cadet Principal Officers (CPOs) and 1,716 Recruit Warders and Wardresses.
The President congratulated the graduates and thanked them for persevering up to the end of their training.
He also thanked the Commissioner General of the Uganda Prisons Service, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija and the Prison staff for rebuilding the Prison service from the low level up to where it is now.
“I want to thank the Commissioner General and his staff for contributing to the peace of Uganda by building the prison service from the low level of where it was to what it is now,” he noted.
The President said that prisons have four tasks; that is to reform the criminals, skill them so when they get out of prison, they have skills they didn’t have before, punish according to the law and then contribute to wealth Creation efforts.
He further counseled the graduates to protect their health and embrace the knowledge they acquired from training and use it wherever they will be deployed and also be patriotic.
He promised to support the Uganda Prisons Service with equipment and any other support they will need, adding that he has no problem with the Prisons supplying uniforms to the armed forces but cautioning that he will not allow the importation of fabric.
President Museveni also cautioned the Prisons Service officers against indulging in corruption, in their respective tasks.
“In doing all this whether you are police, prison or the army, fight corruption because it is a disgrace and a big waste of public resources,” President Museveni warned.
On fighting crime, the President said that the digital motor number plates project should be implemented, saying it will be very vital in fighting crime in Uganda.
“Now, I'm insisting on the issue of electronic number plates; It will be a very big blow to crime because most of the people move to and from the scene of crime by either a vehicle or a boda boda,”
Gen. Museveni noted that if the crime gap is closed using the digital number plates, it will be very difficult for the criminals to do what they are doing now because walking to and from the crime scene will not be a walk in the park.
The CCTV cameras and the fingerprinting of the guns of the security forces are also helping in fighting crime. I direct that even guns in the army’s possession must be fingerprinted like all the others. They can be kept separately may be under military police, but every gun must be fingerprinted,” he added.
The Minister of Internal Affairs, Maj. Gen. (Rtd). Kahinda Otafiire congratulated the trainees and encouraged them to be patriotic in their next endeavors.
On his part, Dr. Byabashaija thanked the President for boosting the Prisons service numbers, saying that it has greatly improved the performance of the force.
He also thanked the Chief Justice, His Lordship Alfonse Owiny-Dollo for reducing the number of inmates on remand compared to those on convict through offering timely justice to Ugandans.
However, Dr. Byabashaija noted with concern that Uganda Prisons Service still has a challenge of machinery equipment like tractors to use to plough the land for agriculture.
Dr. Byabashaija cautioned the graduates to stick to the Prison Service Commission core values if they want their careers to be worthwhile.
The pass out ceremony was attended by the Chief Justice, His Lordship Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, Auditor General Mr. John Muwanga, senior army and police officers among others.