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Luzira prison spokesman orders prison wardens to shoot stubborn prisoners

It seems whoever has access to guns in Uganda has a right to kill and walks away safely. When you open newspapers printed in Uganda you can not fail to read stories of policemen, soldiers and state aides who have shot people to death and investigations into the matter stops naturally.

The spokesperson of Uganda’s main prison, Luzira, Frank Baine, told journalists that the prison warders have a right to shoot stubborn inmates and they have no case to answer since they do it in the line of duty.

Baine says that the prison warders are free to fire bullets at any prisoner who attempts to escape or who attempts to disarm the prison officers. Baine gave an example of an inmate at Luzira who was shot in the legs on Monday as he was attempting to flee.

Bernard Wabwire is now nursing bullet wounds at Mulago Hospital after he was shot in a futile escape attempt at Luzira magistrate’s court.

Baine says that the Prison Act allows use of guns in order to apprehend prisoners trying to escape.
The Penal Code Act provides that a prisoner who attempts to escape from custody is expected to serve a sentence ranging from six months to two years in addition to his previous punishment.

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