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Prison CP - February 2006
Corpun file 18001
The New Vision, Kampala, 27 February 2006
400 Arua inmates flee
By Frank Mugabi
|Corporal law: A UPDF soldier canes an
inmate after he was captured yesterday
OVER 408 prisoners, including five PRA suspects, on Saturday
escaped from Arua regional government prison.
The prisons chief, Swaib Ondoga, said the incident occurred at
5:30pm as the town erupted into mass celebrations over President
Yoweri Museveni's triumph in Thursday's presidential
Sporadic gunfire was heard from the suburbs as UDPF soldiers from
the 409 brigade hunted down the suspects.
Ondoga said the inmates pulled down a weak part of the barbed
“When they were told to return to the cells after supper,
they adamantly remained in the prison courtyard near the fence,
which is also next to their kitchen,” Ondoga said.
He said 12 armed warders were on duty as in normal deployment but
were overwhelmed by the huge number of escapees.
There were 716 inmates at the time of the incident, indicating
that over half of the prisoners were involved in the plan.
Ondoga said the People's Redemption Army (PRA) suspects were
on treason charges while the rest were convicts and suspects on
capital and minor offences.
By press time, 10 inmates had been re-arrested, while some were
reported to be held at Giligili army prison, about 4km from the
Ondoga blamed the incident on negligence of the warders on duty
and promised to take disciplinary action against them.
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