‘Keep helping inmates to transform’

CHALI MULENGA, Livingstone
GOVERNMENT in Livingstone, Southern Province, has commended Zambia Correctional Service (ZCS) officers for helping to transform inmates into better citizens.
Acting district commissioner Harriet Kawina said it is Government’s responsibility to ensure that inmates are transformed in correctional institutions.
She said there is also need to ensure that the facilities are habitable.
Ms Kawina said Government will ensure the negative perception by members of the society of former inmates is changed.
She was speaking on Sunday at the Livingstone Correction Service premises during a Christmas soccer competition sponsored by Cosmetic Cave Shop and Best Cave Cosmetic.
“As Government, we want to thank the officers in all the correctional facilities throughout the country for their tireless efforts of ensuring that the inmates are looked after very well,” she said.
Ms Kawina said it is sad that society continues to isolate former inmates despite the transformation they might have undergone during their stay at the correctional institutions.
At the same function, Livingstone Correctional Facility officer-in-charge Ivor Musumali said members of society viewed correctional services as condemned institutions.
Mr Musumali thanked the two cosmetics shops for sponsoring this year’s Inmates Christmas soccer competition.
He said inmates deserve to be embraced and shown love especially on such special days.
Best Cosmetic Cave director Felix Syulikuma said the sister shops thought of sponsoring the tournament to show inmates that they are not alone.
Mr Syulikuma said prisoners do not deserve to be condemned but shown love and care as no one is perfect.

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