Monday, June 24, 2024

Government spends K40 million on improvement of Prisoners’ Welfare


The Zambia Correctional Service has disclosed that government has spent over K40 million to improve the welfare of inmates in the country.

Zambia Correctional Service Deputy Commissioner General, Bwalya Kuyomba says the commission has used the funds to among other things procure over forty thousand blankets and mattresses for inmates in correctional facilities.

He said the other money will also be used to procure bunk beds for all correctional facilities in the country.

Mr Kuyomba disclosed that the correctional service command is committed to providing inmates with the same quality that is given to the larger society.

The Deputy Commissioner said this when he paid a courtesy call on the provincial administration in Kasama today.

Mr Kuyomba is in the province for a working visit to familiarize himself with facilities as well as to appreciate the challenges that officers are facing.

Meanwhile, Mr Kuyomba has noted with concern that most facilities in the country are congested.

He said the correctional service command is however looking for alternatives of decongesting the facilities in open air farms.

“We want to enhance rehabilitation so that they are able to contribute to the development of the country once they are back in society,” he said.

The Deputy Commissioner General also disclosed that Northern Province will soon benefit from the second phase of the construction of housing units in the country.

And Northern Province Deputy Permanent Secretary, Lewis Mwape has thanked the Correctional Service for the various activities being undertaken by the service.

He cited developments in the agricultural sector which he said are contributing to the country’s food security.

Mr Mwape also called for the need to have pivot centers in the province in order to implement irrigation practices so that the agricultural sector is enhanced even more.

“This partnership is what we want to see as a province and country and as the provincial administration we are always ready to support such causes so that our friends who are inmates can also be comfortable in the facilities,” he said.

Mr Mwape added that most correctional facilities in the province were constructed in the colonial times hence the need to upgrade the infrastructure.

He also noted that some of the challenges of officers in the province include lack of housing units for the growing number of officers in the service and lack of proper infrastructure for female inmates.

“There is also a need for infrastructure in the new districts to avoid the movement of suspects from a district that has no court to the one that has as this is proving to be resource consuming.”


  1. This is a great move by the govt. More help is needed for our Prisons, well done and keep improving the conditions in the prisons as this is what God requests us as Christians to be doing. Amen.

    • Preparing for the welfare of inmates Kaizer Zulu, Emmanuel Mwamba, Esther Nyawa Tembo Chishimba Kambwili Well done thinking uPND govt

  2. This is good but that is not the major problem our prisons have(mark the word major). The major issue is congestion, as we are building more schools and hospitals, these must be going together with building of more prisons. Do we currently have any new prisons under construction country wide.

  3. How can you put a mattress in a room that is already fillled to the rafters…what you need is building new bigger modern prisons…this is what you should be talking to your US slavemasters not Chinese debt. A properly run modern prison can be used to provide variuos services to public hospitals like laundry of bed sheets and even bed sheet and cloth manufacturing.

    • Please ignore this Troll based in the UK..his new name is now Humpty Dumpty as this Impostor is now delusional to the point he can not be put together.

      “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, Couldn’t put Humpty together again.”

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