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Treat inmates well – Kaunda

DEPUTY Minister of Home Affairs Panji Kaunda (second left), flanked by Lufwanyama member of Parliament Ann Chungu (third right), cuts the ribbon to commission Lufwanyama Police Station. Looking on are deputy inspector general of police Malcom Mulenga (left) and Copperbelt Province police Commissioner Joyce Kasosa . PICTURE: CHRISTINE CHIHAME.

KALUNGA MUSONDA, Kabwe
DEPUTY Minister of Home Affairs Colonel Panji Kaunda has implored Zambia Prisons Service (ZPS) officers to treat inmates humanely.
Speaking during the official opening of the ZPS strategic plan in Kabwe on Friday, Col Kaunda said inmates are human beings who need reformation.
“We need to make our inmates understand that prison is not punishment but a place of reformation for the crime they committed,” Col Kaunda said.
Col Kaunda said gone is the era when prison was looked at as a place for punishment, adding that now inmates should be trained in skills they can rely on to earn a living after leaving prison.
Col Kaunda said skills training in prisons for inmates should be compulsory and not optional.
“We have a lot of ex-prisoners who have nothing to do and this is why you find them committing other crimes and coming back to prison because they have nowhere to start from as they spend most of their time in prison,” Col Kaunda said.
He said inmates need to be introduced to various agents in society so that they continue making a living on their own with the skills they were given in prison.
“We should look after inmates as our own children and ensure we empower them with different skills that will help them earn a living when they leave prison,” he said.
ZPS Commissioner General Percy Chato said the prisons service’s strategic plan addresses its strengths and shortcomings.
“This plan is meant to address the challenges encountered during the period of 2003-2014 such as lack of security gadgets, prison overcrowding, inadequate funding and transport,” Mr Chato said.




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