Parliament approves Akena appointment as deputy Prisons boss

Sep 09, 2022

The 60-year-old was appointed by President Yoweri Museveni early August, replacing James Mwanje whose contract expired on May 12.

Parliament on Friday approved Samuel Akena’s appointment as Deputy Commissioner General of Prisons. (File photo)

Umar Kashaka
Journalist @New Vision

Parliament on Friday approved Samuel Akena’s appointment as Deputy Commissioner General of Prisons, New Vision has learnt.

The 60-year-old was appointed by President Yoweri Museveni early August, replacing James Mwanje whose contract expired on May 12.

He appeared before the parliamentary appointments committee chaired by the Speaker, Anita Among in which he detailed his brushes with death in war areas where he was posted.

“All of us were moved after hearing that he had experiences that brought him close to death. He told us that several shots were fired at him and that he joined the Uganda Prisons Service after graduating from Makerere University in 1987. So, he was worth giving the promotion,” one of the committee sources said.

Akena joined as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Prisons and went on to serve in several positions, including commissioner in charge of support services and director of correctional services.

Among, who is also the Bukedea Woman MP, tweeted that they had convened to “interact” with Akena.

“Our report will be sent to the appointing authority (Museveni) as dictated by the rules,” she said. 

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