Vice President Inonge Wina says no political party is currently allowed to campaign in correctional facilities across the country.
Mrs Wina says Government is not aware of any political party that has been given permission by the Prison Authorities to conduct campaigns not even the PF.
She was responding to Monze Central Member of Parliament during the Vice President’s question time who wanted to know what measures are put in place to ensure that all political parties will be allowed to campaign in prisons after Zambia Correctional Service Commissioner General Dr Chileshe Chisela warned that no opposition political party will be allowed to campaign correctional facilities.
Mrs Wina said there is no formal communication from the Zambia Correctional Service Commissioner General Dr Chileshe Chisela indicating that the opposition will not be allowed to campaign in prisons.
There is no policy yet governing the conduct of political parties in such facilities and if Dr Chisela said anything it must have been a passing comment which has not been formally communicated to the government.
Dr Chisela is quoted to have recently directed Zambia Correctional Services officers to block anyone unwilling to support President Edgar Lungu from campaigning in correction facilities.
This comes as the country braces for a new system that will allow inmates to cast their vote in the 2021 General Elections.
Dr Chisela directed facilities under his command not to entertain those opposed to President Lungu’s works from canvassing for support from their facilities.
He said this when the head of state handed over 70 houses to the Correctional services in Monze on Saturday, an event shunned by opposition Members of Parliament in the district.