The head of Kaberamaido government prison ASP Lilly Aketch has been sent on forced leave, following an accident that claimed the lives of four inmates.
Four inmates lost their lives in the accident that occurred along Kaberamaido-Soroti road on Wednesday morning when a tipper lorry registration number UAD 017L lost control, hit a pavement and overturned at Lwala village, Kaberamaido sub-county. 39 others sustained serious injuries.
As a result, Aketch was sent on forced leave on the orders of the commissioner general of Uganda Prison Service, Dr John Byabasaija. In his directive, Dr Byabasaija ordered Aketch to stay out of office pending investigations into the cause of the accident.
He faulted Aketch for transporting inmates on a dangerous mechanical conditioned tipper lorry. He added that Prison Service guidelines prohibit the transportation of inmates on trucks while traveling for private activities outside the institution.
Since Wednesday, ASP Aketch has not been seen within the prison facility and an officer only identified as Mucunguzi from Lira Central prison to act as the new Officer In charge of Kaberamaido prison.
Samuel Edotu, Teso regional prison commander confirmed the directive saying investigations are already underway.
The body of the four inmates including Peter Ebau, 19 a resident of Ochero sub-county, Ivan Elastic, 21 a resident of Kaberamaido sub-county, Emmanuel Etunyu, 18, and a resident of Bululu sub-county are still at Kaberamaido Health Centre IV mortuary.