The minister of justice and attorney general honorable Johnson Busingye continues visiting inmates in various prisons in order to witness how they are living. On Wednesday 14th August 2019, the minister of justice together with the ambassador of Sweden to Rwanda visited women prison located in Ngoma district.
Women exposed their challenges to the minister, among others not being visited by their family relatives, the minister promised advocacy for them. Among other issues reported to the minister is the fact that their property is confiscated while they are in prison.
Speaking about this issue, the minister promised to follow up and ensure that they regain their property. He had this to say’’ We are going to look for those who confiscated your property and make justice prevail’’.
The minister of justice also visited Nyagatare juvenile prison accommodating teenagers where he also found that there is an issue of very small number of inmates who are visited, which affects their studies.
Another issue raised, is the lack of laboratory for research, in his response to this, the minister promised that the laboratory will be set out soon.
He had this to say’’ We are going to sensitize your families to visit you because it’s your rights, they have to see the prisons accommodating you , likewise, we are going to devise means how the laboratory can be built very soon’’.
Ngoma prison accommodates women only where 1086 women are imprisoned, while Nyagatare prison accommodates 430 juveniles found guilty for various crimes.