The Uganda Prisons Services has refused to release all suspects under custody on charges of idle and disorderly saying the institution doesn’t follow Presidential directive but rather directives from courts of law. This was revealed by the Prisons Spokesperson, Frank Baine, while appearing on NTV’s morning show today.
Baine said, “And as prisons, we don’t interpret letters, we follow the law. I can’t release those charged with ‘petty offences’ because I don’t have any directive. Besides, letters don’t give us orders, it is the court that has the authority to conduct a case hearing and establish who is innocent and who should be released.”
Baine’s remarks were in response to President Museveni’s directive issued to Police ordering the immediate release of suspects arrested on charges of idle and disorderly saying no person should be arrested for this crime.
In a police circular dated October 1, 2019, the Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola, instructed police officers to fully comply with the Presidential directive to stop arresting people on basis of being idle and disorderly adding that the president also directed that all those already arrested for the crime be released immediately.