Kigo Prison: Dead body in front of my house

Kigo Joseph I am called Joseph [not his real name] born in December 1973 in a small village in the Sironko District (Uganda). I have neither sisters nor brothers to share my anxiety and sorrow. Inadequate funds and my father's initial reluctance to let me out of his presence, delayed my early education. My father sent me to Primary School when I was thirteen years old. After five years I left school because I did not have anyone who could pay for my school fees. As a result I joined a construction company where I worked as a potter for two years. I had to work hard for my parents who had grown feeble to get food and treatment. Eventually I married and my wife bore three children for me. Though the society requires me to spend most of my time behind bars, I expect to stay with my family after prison.

In June 2008 I was arrested after the police found a dead body put in front of my house. I was then taken to the police station and my case was murder. After staying for thirteen months in prison I was taken to court and convicted twenty years because I lacked a strong lawyer to plea my case.

As a Seventh Day Adventist I organise bible studies for Christian inmates. I also advise them to keep personal hygiene. I also follow school in prison. Last year I was the best among the prisoners who passed primary leaving examinations in Uganda prisons. My photo was published in the newspapers giving me a good reputation as a dutiful learner. I want to be passionate and courteous in the community. Prison has rehabilitated me by giving prisoners access to education. My future will be meaningful since I have knowledge and respect the laws.

Second Chance Support is the organisation which is doing a tremendous work for the inmates of Uganda prisons. It has started renovating our Sick Bay, Clinic, provided scholastic materials, renovating our water supply system and organised football for leisure. I congratulate the people of the Netherlands together with Victor and his wife Bea for the cordial and parental work they have done for us the inmates of Kigo Prison. Second Chance Support should also provide us with enough scholastic materials, medicines, treated water, and plan careers for those who follow school in prison. I send my message to you the Supporters of Second Chance Support in the Netherlands that with your help the inmates have started living a healthy, educative, disciplined and God-fearing life. We are eagerly waiting for more positive assistance from your country.