The Commissioner General of Prisons, CGP Can. Dr Johnson Byabashaija has empowered his new deputy Samuel Akena to be in charge of all heads of directorates and take charge of disciplinary issues of senior officers.
Dr Byabashaija said this while presiding over the Pipping Ceremony of Akena at UPS Headquarters on Wednesday.
He extended gratitude to H.E the President, Prisons Authority and Staff of UPS for the support towards enabling the appointment a success and also noted that UPS is in the process of Promoting both senior and junior officers.
Dr Byabashaija urged the officers to remain patient and disciplined.
In accordance with Article 216 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, H.E the President and CIC of the Armed Forces appointed Samuel Akena as Deputy CGP, following the recommendation of the Prisons Authority.
Akena replaces James Mwanje who retired from service.
According to the UPS, Akena is a highly decorated officer with vast Knowledge and experience in Prisons Policing and administration. The 60-year-old joined UPS in 1987 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Prisons.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Science in Zoology, Botany, and Geography from Makerere University. He also obtained a postgraduate diploma in Public Administration from the Uganda Management Institute in 1996 and has previously worked at Murchison Bay Prison, Kampala.
Akena served as Deputy Officer-in-Charge of Tororo Prison farm and Officer-in-Charge of Amita Prison Farm. He was later posted to Isimba Prison as Officer-in-Charge of the giant farm.
Thereafter, he was transferred to the Prisons headquarters as the OC of training and operations. In 2011, Akena was promoted to the rank of Commissioner in Charge of Support services. In 2016, he was promoted and appointed Director of Correctional Services.