Inmates in prison facilities across the country will continue using buckets to answer nature’s call for two more years, because the UGX 2.6 billion required finance the construction of new toilets is unavailable.
Simon Kimono, the Undersecretary Uganda Prison Services disclosed this while appearing before the Public Accounts Committee.
He told the committee chaired by Paul Mwiru, the Jinja East MP that he has been allocating between UGX 400 and 800 Million to address the toilet crisis over the past two financial years in vain.
However, Gerald Karuhanga, the Western Youth MP wouldn’t have any of this. He castigated Kimono for treating human rights problems casually.
Karuhanga was backed by Mwiru who warned Kimono against treating the matter casually; saying parliament can recommend him to be sent to prison where he would also end up using the buckets.
Mwiru was particularly concerned about women being subjected to the same bucket system given their unique monthly cycle.
The committee recommended that despite the stringent measures placed by parliament on supplementary budgets, the accounting officer should raise to cure the problem. Mwiru directed Kimono to act fast as a technical person to fix the mess instead of waiting for the next financial year.
The MPs also grilled Uganda Prison for failing to come up with a proper recruitment system. Kimono noted that, they have since developed a recruiting policy in collaboration with Public service. According to the available information, Uganda prisons have a gap of 8,344 personnel.