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29 of Arrested Campaign Rioters are Ex-Convicts, Prisons’ Baine Reveals

Uganda Prisons Service spokesperson Frank Baine has said it has been established that 29 of the rioters who were arrested recently during the campaign protests in and around Kampala are ex-criminal convicts.

“29 of the rioters arrested during this campaign period are ex-convicts with majorly two different cases of theft and robbery. These people were released and re-arrested in these riots,” Baine said.

Speaking to the press at Uganda Media Center on Monday, December 7, Baine urged youths to be very careful not to join gangs that riot during campaigns, adding that some criminals use the new entrants for their own gain.

“Before getting involved in these riots, be very careful, some criminals may want to use you for their own criminal purposes. But if you have to, please don’t join gangs that you are not well versed with,” he said.

Baine also warned the public of an individual who has been scamming people through social media and disguising as the director of human resource, prison service.

“This man is very careful, he is using landlines to solicit money from people. Government jobs are free of charge so please, avoid getting scammed by these criminals. Some people’s money was taken but let it serve as a lesson to everyone,” Baine said.

He further clarified on an ongoing speculation that prisons might allow visitors during the festive season, stating that this is still impossible because of the increasing cases of COVID-19.

“We have been having questions from people on whether prisons will be open for visitation on Christmas, no, our gates are still closed,” he noted.

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