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Avoid partisan politics – Ireen Chato

ZAMBIA Prisons Service commissioner Percy Chato's wife, Irene (right) presenting a bag of bag of salt on behalf of Eagle’s Women’s Club. The Club donated assorted goods and food to inmates in Kamfinsa Prison on Saturday. Picture: NKOMBO KACHEMBA.

COMMISSIONER of Prisons Percy Chato’s wife, Ireen has urged wives ofZambia Prison Service (ZPS) officers to refrain from engaging in partisan politics during the forth-coming presidential election.
Mrs Chato said the ZPS is a noble institution whose mandate is to look into the welfare of prisoners in the interest of members of the public and not a political establishment.
“As wives of prison officers, I wish to remind you that our husbands do not have any political affiliations, therefore, let us avoid politicking as wives in our camps,” she said.
Ms Chato said this during the commissioning of a hammermill for Kamfinsa Women’s Eagle Club which was procured using funds from the Ministry of Gender and Women Development.
She said it is important for wives of ZPS officers not to participate in active politics to protect the jobs of their husbands who are in the civil service.
Mrs Chato also said there is need to ensure that women countrywide are empowered with various income generating activities to reduce poverty at household level.
She commended government for its efforts in ensuring that women groups countrywide are empowered with funds to embark on various income generating activities.
Mrs Chato who is also Zambia Prison Women’s Eagle Club chairperson, said government recently empowered the club with funds to buy a hammermill for the women to generate income and support vulnerable groups.
She urged the women in Kitwe to use the hammer mill for its intended purpose for the benefit of the people in the community.
And ZPS Copperbelt region deputy commanding officer Moses Chipokolo commended Mrs Chato for her tireless efforts in ensuring that female prisons operate to expected standard.
Superintendent Chipokolo said through the Zambia Prison Women’s Eagle Club, wives of prison officers are reaching out to vulnerable groups of people, assisting them with material and financial support.
Mrs Chato also visited Kamfinsa female state prison where she donated assorted goods and offered spiritual support to the inmates.

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