Teso Leaders Appeal For Remand Home

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Joseph Ekallam, the Soroti District Senior Probation Officer, noted that Teso sub-region urgently needs a remand home for Juveniles who find themselves in trouble with the law.

Leaders in Teso have appealed to the Chief Justice of Uganda, Justice Bart Katureebe to establish a remand home for juveniles in Teso sub-region. This was during a meeting between Katureebe and are leaders on the administration of justice in the region.



The leaders pointed out that juveniles who come into conflict with the law find themselves mixed the mature criminals, which is dangerous because the adult offender will influence them to become hard core criminals.



Joseph Ekallam, the Soroti District Senior Probation Officer, indicated that trends show that there is a rise in the number of juveniles who commit offences in Teso.

 
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The Soroti district chairperson, Michael Egunyu implored the Chief Justice to lobby with government to consider a remand home in Teso region. Egunyu says although Soroti district is willing to assist transport the juveniles to Mbale or Kapiringisa, they are constrained by lack of funds.

 
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The acting Regional Human Rights officer in charge Soroti Regional office, David Obutai supported the call citing increased cases of juveniles committing crime.



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The Soroti Grade II Magistrates Court that handles the family and children's court serves the eight districts of Teso that including Soroti, Katakwi, Kaberamaido, Amuria, Serere, Kumi, Ngora and Bukedea.


Chief Justice, Bart Magunda Katureebe emphasized that the law does not allow juveniles to be mixed with adults while in safe custody. Katureebe called upon the responsible organs to ensure that the law is observed and the rights of the children are protected.

 

About the author

Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.