By Samuel Ssebiliba
The judiciary has been blamed for the overcrowding in Uganda’s prisons.
According to the report on the State of Uganda’s Prisons released by parliament’s committee on defense and internal affairs, many prisons are housing up to 3 times their designated holding capacity.
While presenting the report before parliament last evening, the committee chairperson Judith Nabakooba said many cases are not concluded in time leading to unnecessary overcrowding.
She blames this on underfunding and understaffing of the judiciary.
The committee has recommended the appointment of more judges or re-appoint of retired ones to address case backlog.