By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
On September 16, 2020, at least 214 prisoners escaped from Moroto prison with at least 15 guns and 480 bullets, after overpowering prison guards and braking into the armoury.
A joint operation of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF), Police and prisons officers was immediately deployed to track them down, and a fierce gun battle ensued which left one UPDF officer and seven escapees dead, while 18 have been rearrested since then.
On Tuesday, the Police in Katwe, a Kampala suburb arrested two more escapees from the infamous prison break.
Police Constable Emma Rutahingana intercepted the two convicts, identified as Paul Lopusil and Lotin Longoli, although Longoli took off, which prompted the Police officer to call for reinforcement.
“Lopusil was taken to Police and interrogated on why he was running away. He did not have a definite answer. When they took him to the station for further investigation, it was established that he was one of the Moroto escapees,” Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson said.
After further questioning, Lopusil directed police officers where his colleague Longoli was residing and it was established that the chairperson of the Karimojong Community in Kampala was housing him.
Longoli was arrested too and taken to the Police station where he admitted to be one of the escapees form Moroto Prison. The chairperson of the Karimojong community said he was not aware that Longoli was a fugitive, and that he only hosted him because he was a fellow Karimojong.
Lopusil was serving a sentence for murder while Longoli was serving a sentence on a rape offence.
Police have since handed them to the Prisons authorities such that they can continue serving their sentences, although they will also be charged with escaping from lawful custody.
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