Four inmates shot dead trying to flee detention over coronavirus


Some of the killed inmates and a survivor. Courtesy photo.


Arua On Saturday, four inmates were shot dead as they tried to escape from Arua government prisons – with other inmates claiming they were scared of coronavirus attack.

Many were also wounded in the escape process.

The North Western Regional Prisons Commander, Mr George Lenga, confirmed that the three were shot dead as they escaped from the prisons on grounds that they were unsafe over the outbreak of coronavirus across the globe.

This was before the President had made his second speech in less than 48 hours, issuing another directives, including banning all flights in and out of the country.

“Some of those we re-arrested said they were scared of being killed by coronavirus because their number in detention facility is big. We are yet in the process of identifying those who died,” Mr Lenga said.

“We have re-arrested seven of the inmates and one of the prison warders was injured on the arm in the process of recapturing the escapees. Many of them escaped through River Enyau into the bushes,” he added.

According to him, he reveals: “We have even installed sanitisers and hand washing facilities in prisons and we even have a fully equipped Health Center. So their reason of being wiped out if there is an outbreak does not hold any sense,” he noted.

On Thursday, Chief Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe adjourned all courts proceedings for 32 days as one of the ways of controlling coronavirus spread in the country.

His actions followed President Museveni’s Wednesday address on COVID 19 in which he banned all schools, institutions, universities for 30 days, banned churches and mosques for 32 days, including political and cultural gatherings, among others.


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