By Fred Kiva
Police have blamed the escape of suspects from Kyotera cells on the substandard nature of the building.
Twelve suspects escaped from detention on Wednesday night according to Lameck Kigozi, the Greater Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson although some media outlets report fourteen.
Kigozi blames the incident on the nature of the building, which he says was not specially built as a detention facility.
“You know Kyotera is using rented premises, so they are not up to the required standard,” Kigozi said.
He however said the hunt for the suspects is already underway, adding that they will soon be re-arrested since they are known residents of the area. Some of the escapees have only been identified as Katamba, Sserwadda, Matovu, Mayombwe, Lubega, Serunjogi, Kazibwe, Kasozi, Ashim, Mugabi, Mbabazi, Nsereko, Wasswa and Mutaawe.
“We know them, they will be re-arrested and preferred additional charges of escape from lawful custody,” Kigozi emphasized.
He also disputed reports that the escapees are diehard criminals who have been in police detention since last month, revealing that the suspects are idlers and drug addicts who had been rounded up by police in Kyotera town council, the previous day.
“The public should not panic, these are unarmed people, they will not harm them,” he said.