Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has called for a partnership with private players to help improve the lives and conditions of prisoners.
She was meeting heads of different private and public firms, and said the partnership would help the inmates transform from a life of jail or crime to become responsible citizens who can contribute to the development of the country especially when they leave prison.
“I am part of All Saints Cathedral and we are encouraged to bless a prisoner annually. Last year, I partnered with some of you and realized that it is bigger than just sending gifts. We need to strengthen our partnership for this cause,” she said.
The Speaker met executives from Vision Group, Luuka Plastics, Hotel Africana, Sheraton Hotel, Stanbic Bank and, Grinn Stones among others.
The breakfast meeting was held to plan ways to engage and involve the business community in offering support to inmates in prisons countrywide.
It was held at Mestil Hotel in Kampala on Tuesday, 05 February 2019.
The Speaker commended the partners for their support to prisons and appealed to them to continue with their help.
Robert Kabushenga, the Vision Group CEO, pledged the corporation’s support to the cause.
“As the self-appointed Manager of this group of business people, we all agree that this is a valid cause, but we need a written proposal so that our Boards of Directors can consult and we move forward with this social responsibility,” he said.
In December 2018, the speaker visited different prisons around Jinja and Luzira and presented Christmas gifts to the inmates, observing that their needs required more external support.