MINSITER of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo has directed Zambia Correctional Facility commissioner-general Percy Chato and Livingstone Correctional Facility officer in-charge Ivor Musumali to follow up reports that some officers at the facility beat up inmates.
The directive comes after three convicts claimed that some officers mistreat them, contrary to the institution’s guidelines.
The three convicts, whose identities have been withheld, told Minister of Justice Given Lubinda, Mr Kampyongo and National Guidance and Religious Affairs minister Godfridah Sumaili during their visit to the correctional facility recently that they are ill-treated.
The convicts revealed their ordeal after Mr Lubinda asked the more than 500 male inmates to feel free and come out in the open if they are being beaten.
Mr Lubinda said corporal punishment is no longer allowed in Zambia, adding that those in incarceration were not there for punishment but reformation.
Mr Kampyongo warned that any officers who will be found to have beaten or used force against the convicts will be disciplined.
Mr Kampyongo said inmates are Zambian citizens just like any other and they deserve fair treatment.
Meanwhile, some inmates have pleaded with Government to come up with measures where someone who is released from the correctional facility can get financial help so that they can start a new life.