today's Pick
Lwakataka moved to Masaka Prison amid security fears
Publish Date: Jul 29, 2014
Lwakataka moved to Masaka Prison amid security fears
Ponsiano Lwakataka in the dock before he was remanded to Kalisizo Prison. Photo by Davis Buyondo
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Davis Buyondo 

PRISON authorities at Kalisizo Government Prison have relocated rally ace Ponsiano Lwakataka to Masaka Central Prison for safety reasons.  

A.S.P William Ochwo, the Officer in Charge of Kalisizo Prison, confirmed to New Vision that their management resolved to move Lwakataka to Masaka Prison on to avoid the possible incitement of disorder and break out at the prison.  

He added that suspects with similar criminal charges as Lwakataka’s are supposed to be remanded to a prison with better security than Kalisizo Prison. He further said that there has been some anxiety around the prison ever since he was remanded there.  

The anxiety follows the recent attempt by Lwakataka’s colleagues and supporters to block the flying squad and other armed security operatives from transporting him to and from prison. 

While at Kalisizo Magistrate Court last week, his supporters turned rowdy after Grade One magistrate Susan Awidi failed to show up for Lwakataka’s bail hearing.

They later claimed it was a trick to keep Lwakataka in jail and vowed to do whatever it takes to get him out of prison which compelled authorities there to step up security.

On Friday at around 2:30 pm, Lwakataka was produced to Kalisizo Magistrates Court and charges of murder of nine family members read to him by Latif Nakibinge, the Rakai Grade One Magistrate.

Lwakataka was jointly charged with Asuman Muddu (18) a resident of Binyobirya village in Bukomansimbi and Vincent Fagesi, a Tanzanian national with murder on file CRB 015/13 with Kasensero Police.

Prosecution led by Rachael Namazzi, the Resident State Attorney, alleges that the trio conived to murder the nine family members in Kanabulemu in Kyebe Sub-county, Rakai district last year.

The incident that happened on 13th January 2013 at Kanabulemu village in Kyebe Sub-county made headlines. 

Unknown assailants attacked the family of Pastor Stephen Mugambe of Kyebe Pentecostal Church, killed him and his wife Noelina Nalinya with machetes and axes.

Others are Bena Nakivumbi, Jane Nakiwala, Christine Nasimbwa, Max Nakirijja, Dan Ssemwanga, Andrew Mpeirwe and Maria Nakajugo.

Lwakataka was then remanded to Kalisizo Prison until 1st August 2014. 

Since then, prison authorities have heightened security to thwart any escape attempts. 

“We are to keep maintaining security at the prison to contain the situation.” Ochwo said.

However, Lwakataka joins Vincent Fagesi, a Tanzanian national and Asuman Muddu who were already remanded to Masaka Prison.

 

Earlier escapes at the prison

On March 2013, 10 inmates including capital offenders escaped from Kalisizo Prison due to shortage of man power and poor or dilapidated fencing. 

They are John Mirembe, Wycliff Mamaggwa, Jacob Kalyango, Abdul Lusiba, Fred Yubu, Bob Vincent Ssemakula, Bosco Ssepuya, Damiano Ssemanda, Moses Mukasa and Vincent Ssenyondo. 

Tom Okello, who was the officer in Charge of Kalisizo Government Prison then, said the inmates escaped from the prison through the holes in the fence after assaulting a prison warder.  

In November 2013, Pastor William Muwanguzi attempted to escape from the same prison where he had been remanded on charges of impersonation. 

Muwanguzi also known as ‘Kiwedde’ dug a hole in a cell wall at night trying to escape from Kalisizo prison but his attempt was however thwarted when a prison warder discovered the plan. 

As a result, prison authorities have decided to increase security around the facility to prevent anymore escape attempts. 

Kalisizo prison was constructed in 1935, but has never undergone major renovation.  The facility is meant to accommodate 45 inmates. Currently there are 35 inmates both male and female.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
All talk but no peace: South Sudan
After 13 months of fighting and six failed ceasefires, diplomats are being forced to accept that any deal to end the war in South Sudan will, at best, result in a return to the status quo that precipitated the carnage in the first place....
Humour at fallen writer Kalimugogo’s funeral
Laughter filled the air as mourners celebrated the life of renowned author and former career diplomat Godfrey Kalimugogo....
The newly appointed NRM executives have been directed not to contest for Parliamentary seats in the upcoming 2016 elections....
Old man murdered by own children over land
“Geoffrey, my child, why are you killing me? Are you killing me for my own property?” were the old man''s last words....
Japan launches new spy satellite
Japan on Sunday successfully launched a back-up spy satellite, its aerospace agency said, after cancelling an earlier lift-off due to bad weather....
Outrage as IS
The Islamic State group claimed in a video that it has beheaded a second Japanese hostage, drawing international condemnation....
Will a ban on Waragi sold in sachets reduce consumption of Alcohol?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter