By NATION REPORTER
GOVERNMENT will transform the Zambia Correctional Services through infrastructure development in correctional facilities to ensure that inmates are looked after in safe and hygienic environment.
Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo said it was encouraging that, at a time Government had prioritised the transformation of the Zambia Correctional Services, members of the private sector had joined efforts in improving the infrastructure at Kamfinsa Correctional Facility.
Government, he said, would continue involving the private sector in improving correctional facilities.
Mr Kampyongo was speaking in Kitwe when he commissioned eight dormitories at Kamfinsa Correctional Facility which would help decongest the correctional facility.
He said the government was grateful to Antheneon Enterprises Limited for wholly funding the construction of the eight dormitories and also the renovation and expansion of the clinic. Canbert Enterprises had also supplemented government’s effort by sinking five boreholes at the facility to ensure access to clean and safe water.
He said he was also grateful to the Copperbelt Muslim Community, Action Engineering Services, Power Tools, Canbert Enterprises and Antheneon Engineering Limited for supplementing government’s efforts in providing quality correctional services to the inmates.
‘’I wish to express my gratitude to Antheneon Engineering Limited for funding the construction of the eight dormitories that I’m here to commission today. I’m also reliably informed that these dormitories were constructed by In-mates at this facility.
“It is gratifying to see that in-mates are not only serving their sentences, but are learning skills that will help them sustain their livelihood once they are discharged to the communities they come from through job creation and entrepreneurship,’’ Mr Kampyongo said.
Mr Kampyongo said he was elated that the commissioning of these dormitories had coincided with the International Day of Prayer and Action for Prisoners to be held at Nkana Stadium.
“This is a testimony of the good work that faith-based organisations, the business communities and other all-weather co-operating partners who have sworn to wholeheartedly and unconditional supplement government efforts,’’ he said.
And Zambia Correctional Services, Copperbelt Regional Commanding Officer Wilson Mbewe said the problem of congestion had been persistent at Kamfinsa, but the construction of the eight dormitories would alleviate the challenge.