ZAMBIA will on Monday join the rest of the continent in commemorating the Africa Correctional Services Day during which members of the public shall have an opportunity to have a glimpse of the inside life of jail.
This year’s theme is ‘’Rehabilitation of offenders key to socio-economic development’’.
Zambia Correctional Services (ZCS) public relations officer Maggie Nawa disclosed that her organisation has lined up various events at Mukobeko correctional facility to be officiated by Central Province minister Sydney Mushanga. The activities will be carried out country wide.
The day will begin with correctional services officers carrying out community and charity works in various places throughout the country. On the actual day, the inmates will display the various projects they undertake while serving their sentences and later there will be sports events.
“All is set for the African Correctional and Prisons Service Day and we are encouraging members of the general public to come and have a look at what shall be displayed. The annual event shall be commemorated countrywide but for central region we shall be at Mukobeko and the guest of honour shall be the provincial minister,” Ms Nawa said.
She added that her organisation was living in line with expectations of change from prison to correctional facility and the core aim is to rehabilitate and reintegrate the offenders after their sentence so that they start a new life. She called on members of the public not to treat offenders as outcasts but welcome them back into society.
“Our core aim is to help rehabilitate the offenders so that they become better citizens after serving their sentences. This is done by imparting life-long skills in them and we therefore call upon members of the public to welcome the offenders after serving their sentences,” she said.
She also said that Zambia was home for the African Correctional Services Day as it was first launched here in 2008. The day which falls on 26th September is commemorated throughout the continent.
Meanwhile, Ms. Nawa disclosed that according to statistics obtained country wide, there were 19,522 inmates countrywide out of which 600 were female