“I know prisons has good construction unit. If you know how to build houses why don’t you build more prisons by yourselves so that the Ministry of Internal Affairs only looks for money to buy materials and you concentrate on building prisons,” Museveni said.
Museveni was reacting to an earlier comment by the Commissioner General of Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija in regards to the issue of congestion for inmates.
“Our congestion at the moment is 360%. This is a very serious issue because it impacts on morbidity and mortality of inmates and health of the staff,” Dr. Byabashaija said.
Museveni however said it’s just high time prisons expanded their construction unit.
“The army had that problem of contractors. They were about to kill Uganda. When I analyzed it for the army people, I showed them they were in the wrong direction. Many contractors in Uganda are poor themselves. They don’t have their own capital. When you give them jobs to construct, they go to commercial banks, borrow money at 24% to come and buy materials. Because they are private sector people, they want a profit of 20%. Already, you have got 44% additional money. Nothing to do with building but the contractor will first have to pay banks and then his big profit. There is also 18% VAT,” Museveni said.
Uganda Prisons has a construction unit that has been at the same stage for long. However, just as the president said, it’s time for them to go to another level.
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