By Emmy Arineitwe
Kabale Central Police Station is overwhelmed by suspects because of the ongoing state prosecutors strike.
The state prosecutors under the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), resumed their strike last month, over low pay and poor working conditions.
Now the Kabale district police commander, Dickens Bindeba, says that they now have 29 suspects in the police cells, up from 20 the number of suspects supposed to be accommodated there.
Out the 29 suspects, 25 are males. He adds that they have started releasing suspects with small cases to reduce the congestion, as they wait the judicial officers to resume work.
Article 23 (4) of the 1995 Constitution provides that a person arrested for the purpose of bringing him or her before a court in execution of an order of a court; or upon reasonable suspicion of him or her having committed or being about to commit a criminal offence under the laws of Uganda, shall, if not earlier released, be brought to court not later than 48 hours from the time of his or her arrest.