Crime & Investigation

Gulu Residents Accused Of Stealing Maize From Prison Farm

Prison authorities at Lugore Government Prison have come out accusing people living in this neighborhood of continually stealing maize cobs from the prison farm.

During a visit to the farm located in Patiko sub-county in Gulu district, the Officer-in-Charge of Lugore Prisons, Mr. Alex Oloka told journalists that a considerable amount of maize had been stolen from the farm.

Mr. Oloka says the thieves take advantage of the vastness of the farm  and the few Prison warders deployed to protect it.

The maize from this farm, he adds, is meant to feed prisoners in the different prisons and detention facilities in Acholi sub-region.

Oloka says they have been arresting some people and prosecuting them for this and that most of the suspects are youths who do not want to work in the area.

According to Bernard Aniku, the farm Manager, there’s about 1200 acres of maize which will be ready for harvest in August.

This farm also has fruits trees, vegetables and cattle.

Frank Baine, the Public relation officer of Uganda Prisons said that Local people should come and learn how to do commercial farming from the Farm instead of stealing their farm inputs.

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Mr. Baine added that Uganda Prisons will this year recruit 1,000 wardens and 100 Cadet to add on the Prison Human resource.

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