Moroto Prison Break; Six escapees re-arrested
Written by David Gwenyemera on August 5, 2021
Trouble has re-erupted for six prisoners who had escaped from Moroto Government Prison in September, following their rearrest by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces – UPDF in the ongoing disarmament exercise in the Karamoja sub-region.
At least 224 prisoners escaped with 14 firearms after they had overpowered the prison officers, but an immediate hunt for the escapees left 13 shot dead while some have been gradually rearrested thus bringing the number to 88.
Frank Baine, the Ugandda Prisons Services publicist, said a fifth gun was also recovered in last week’s UPDF operation backed by the Anti-Stock Theft Unit –ASTU. The operations target armed rustlers that have left dozens killed.
The re-arrest of six escapees brings to 125 the number of those still missing, but Baine said the hunt for the fugitives will continue till all of them are rearrested to answer for their crimes.
Grace Akullo, the Director of Criminal Investigations instituted a team led by Francis Olugu, who was then head of the general crimes desk to establish circumstances under which the 224 inmates escaped.
The UPDF Spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso commends ASTU and Army that have become very offensive against cattle rustlers.