Following the jailbreak that occurred on Wednesday, September 16, near the army barracks in northeast Uganda, authorities in the country have launched a manhunt to recapture over 200 prisoners who escaped from the jail.
Uganda’s prison commissioner, Johnson Byabashaija revealed that the inmates overpowered their guards and fled to the north-eastern part of the country.
According to Byabashaija, the prisoners seized guns from the armoury at a government prison in Moroto, before dashing for cover at nearby mountains.
It was gathered that one inmate was shot during the escape while three others were recaptured.
Byabashaija said about 215 inmates are still on the run as Uganda’s prison service, the police and the army have been deployed to rearrest the inmates.
However, the Commissioner called for calm as he noted that the Prison service have enough forces on the ground and helicopters to track the escaped prisoners.
Also, the prison spokesman, Frank Baine, who described the jailbreak as one of the rarest cases of its kind in the history of Uganda’s Prison Service added that some of the inmates had shed their bright yellow jumpsuits to avoid aerial detection.