The three inmates are the first ever inmates to receive qualifications in law in Ugandan prisons.

Susan Kigula_Kamuntu_Byabashaija

On Tuesday 19th August, three inmates at Uganda’s maximum security prison and one former inmate under the APP Scholarship Programme were presented with their Diploma in the Common Law by the University of London. This was during a convocation ceremony, the first of its kind in Ugandan prisons, held at Luzira Maximum security prison in Kampala. The three inmates are the first ever inmates to receive qualifications in law in Ugandan prisons.

The ceremony was attended by the Principal Judge, Justice Yorakamu Bamwine as the chief guest and the Commissioner General of the Uganda Prisons Service, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija who was also accompanied by other dignitaries from the Uganda Prisons Service. They joined the African Prisons Project and the University of London in celebrating this milestone with the students and their families.

The students studied by correspondence with the support of the African Prisons Project. Three of the students are now undertaking a degree in Law under the University of London International Programmes. APP continues to identify bright, able and community minded prisoners and prison staff, to enable them to transform their communities. The students have already begun putting their skills and knowledge acquired into use and are providing basic legal support to their peers in prison.

“We are now able to offer legal counselling and other legal assiatnce to fellow inmates so that they appreciate the law,” Susan stated.

Justice Yorakamu Bamwine stated that despite their incarceration, he looked forward to welcoming the diplomates to the bench as magistrates and judges in the future.

Graduation Photo Gallery (click to enlarge image).