Kiburara Prison Workshop Limping

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An inmate at Kiburara prison works on a wooden sculpture David Tumusiime

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The workshop meant for equipping prisoners with various skills at Kiburara Prison in Ibanda District is struggling to operate. The prisons workshop is responsible for making crafts, chairs, wooden trays, and metallic suit cases among others.

The workshop meant for equipping prisoners with various skills at Kiburara Prison in Ibanda District is struggling to operate.
 
The prison's workshop is responsible for making crafts, chairs, wooden trays, and metallic suit cases among others.
 
A URN reporter accessed the facility during an on-spot check on the facility by the Inspector General of Government Justice Irene Mulyagonja on Thursday as part of the activities to mark the anti-corruption week for the year 2017.
 
The inmates who run the workshop could be seen struggling with outdated tools that are not only hard to use but also affected the quality of the products that they produce.
 
Prisoners at the facility told URN that they have been struggling to use outdated tools and no action has been taken by the prisons management.
 
The prisoners who talked to URN Reporter on condition of anonymity revealed that they would have loved to attain skills that will enable them start a new life when they finish serving their sentences and do away with their old ways that saw them being jailed.
 
The same workshop operates from a condemned structure that once hosted a sick-bay for the facility but had been abandoned after being condemned.
 
Festo Sambya, the officer in charge of the Kiburara government prison farm, admits that the workshop is in a sorry state.
 
He however says that arrangements are under way to ensure that a new set of tools is procured to make the workshop more useful to the inmates.

 

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For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.

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