THE ZAMBIA Prisons Service has hailed Government for the over 300 housing units under construction for staff in Lusaka Province.
Acting commander Lusaka region, Moses Zulu, said the service had been grappling with staff accommodation for a long time, and that the 324 houses at Mwembeshi and 28 units at Lusaka Central Prisons would provide comfort to the officers in the service.
And Lusaka Prisons command has bemoaned lack of transport for ferrying inmates incarcerated in five different holding facilities around the capital city.
Mr Zulu said with over 2,500 inmates, the service had enormous challenges in presenting inmates for court as it lacked the means of transporting them.
The prisons chief superintendent said there were 2,612 inmates in Lusaka State prisons with Lusaka Central prison (Chimbokaila) housing up to 1,203 inmates alone.
He said other facilities included Kamwala remand prison with 533 inmates; Mwembeshi farm prison 244, and Mwembeshi Maximum Prison holding 590 and 42 at the Chainama East facility.
He was speaking during the 2016 opening of criminal sessions before High Court judge Mwamba Chanda.Mr Zulu explained that 138 inmates from Lusaka Central prison had their cases in progress, with a total of 204 matters on adjournment pending sentencing and judgments before the High Court.
He explained that among the inmates were 96 prohibited immigrants awaiting repatriation to their countries of origin.
And Mr Zulu, in responding to the court, explained that the Prisons Service in Lusaka had adequate food stocks to last up to two months, but that the service was grappling with inmates’ uniforms and have applied for funding from Government.