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Prisons Service commends President Lungu

PRESIDENT Lungu (in a checked jacket) accompanied by Commissioner of Prison Percy Chato (left) inspects the uniforms prisoner make at Mukobeko Maximum Security Prison in Kabwe yesterday. PICTURE: SALIM HENRY

ZAMBIA Prisons Service commissioner-general Percy Chato has commended President Lungu for calling for private sector participation in the construction of prisons through public private partnerships (PPPs).
Mr Chato said the construction of prisons is an expensive venture, which should not be left to Government alone.
“If the private sector partners with Government to build modern prisons, it will help address the challenge of overcrowding, which most prisons in the country are faced with,” Mr Chato said.
He said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that prospective investors can indicate their willingness to partner with Government to improve Zambian prisons.
Mr Chato said the PPP initiative is necessary to ensure participation of the private sector in infrastructure development in line with Government policy.
The government has identified the PPP initiative as an option that will help to address infrastructure development, rehabilitation and maintenance.
PPPs have been identified as an effective way to attract private sector investment in Government programmes that are aimed at delivering good quality assets that link economic activity in a cost effective manner and quality delivery of essential services to the citizens.

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