Mpigi Prison Wardress Hadijah Katono
Unidentified man steals a gun from Hadijah Katono of Mpigi Prison while on WhatsApp. Photo/Frank Baine of UPS

An unidentified man steals a gun from Mpigi Prison Wardress Hadijah Katono

Mpigi District residents are under fear after an unidentified individual attacked a Prison wardress attached to Mpigi Prisons Services and ran away with her gun.

Hadijah Katono, Mpigi Prison Wardress was attacked amidst a downpour while inspecting inmates at Mpigi Town Council on Monday afternoon.

However, Joab Wabwire, the Mpigi District Police Commander reported that the attack happened while the Wardress was on WhatsApp

And according to the eyewitness, the attacker who had an arrow slapped the Wardress twice, picked the gun from her, and ran to the nearby forest.

 “It’s unfortunate that we haven’t recovered the gun (AK-47) yet. Our preliminary investigation shows that the prison wardress was on WhatsApp before the attacker stole the gun from her,” Wabwire said.

Now Mpigi District residents as regards to the matter are living in fear, saying the stolen gun could be used to terrorise the area.

But Police say investigations into circumstances that led to the slapping of the Wardress and eventual stealing of the gun from her, are underway.

Meanwhile, a security officer in Mpigi who preferred anonymity because he’s not authorised to speak to the public on matters concerning Prison Services, said that they have an issue of inadequate security manpower at Mpigi Prison.

He says the few Prison Warders and wardresses they have, are always in the field with the inmates offering services to the local communities, particularly in their farm fields where they are paid some money.

“We have a problem of having inadequate security manpower at Mpigi Prison. To make matters worse, our warders and wardresses are always away in the nearby villages making some money. They are usually paid Shs20.000 when they take some prisoners to dig for some farm owners, so we end up lacking required security here,” a security official said.

Following the incident, Mpigi Town Council businessman, Majid Lubowa advised Prisons authorities to fasten security around the area by making heavy deployment of both the army and the Police to protect residents against any malicious attack on them.

Katono the Prison Wardress who faced the attack is now detained at Mpigi Central Police Station, as investigations into the matter continue, and the hunt for the person who stole the gun also proceeds.