Correctional facilities will be decongested – Luanshya Mayor

LUANSHYA mayor Nathan Chanda says Government is committed to decongesting correctional facilities in the country.
Mr Chanda was speaking yesterday when he presented Christmas gifts to inmates at Luanshya Central Prison.
He said it is gratifying that Zambia Correctional Services personnel are doing their best to ensure that prisoners are kept in good health despite facing some challenges.
He also urged inmates not to look down upon themselves whilst in prison but to depend on God because their imprisonment is not the end of the world.
He is happy that the Lunacy Central Prison is making significant   contribution towards national food security through its agricultural projects.
Mr Chanda said he is happy that the inmates are involved in active sports and donated a football to them.
Mr Chanda also presented a Christmas gift to a baby born from an incarcerated mother.
The civic leader donated various food stuffs that included buns and drinks to the prisoners.
Luanshya Central Prison deputy officer-in-charge Godfrey Mutati commended Mr Chanda for presenting Christmas gifts to the prisoners to become the first mayor of Luanshya to do so.
He added   the prison was doing fine in terms of food production.
He said the facility is engaged in maize production on a five hectare piece of land at Chitwi open prison.
Mr Mutati, however, said that the prison is faced with challenges such as lack of transport, congestion, lack of uniforms for inmates, and broken borehole.
And speaking on behalf of inmates,   Felix Mulubwa said the prison has no stoves and that inmates are facing difficulties to prepare food.

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