23 February 2013

Zambia: Five Mukobeko Warders Questioned

POLICE have questioned five prison warders in connection with the escape of three death row inmates at Mukobeko Maximum Security Prison in Kabwe last week.

The warders have given their statements to law enforcement officers as the search for the condemned prisoners continue.

Central Province police chief, Standwell Lungu confirmed the recording of statements.

"All I can say for now is that we have recorded statements from the officers who were on duty when the incident happened. As you may be aware this is a matter that has generated public interest," he said.

But some prison warders who sought anonymity said the police command should increase staff levels at Mukobeko and other State penitentiaries.

The officers have asked the Government to procure security gadgets especially the closed circuit television (CCTV) monitors.

"As it is, we are over stretched, we are fearing for our lives and we are shocked at what was discovered during the search of prisoners after the escape of the three. It was an eye opener," they said.

Recently three inmates identified as Derrick Mwape facing murder, Shadreck Phiri and Bernard Kapaso who are facing aggravated robbery and murder charges respectively escaped from Mukobeko prison.

Early this week, a woman in Lusaka was picked up in connection with the recent escape.

The three escaped from prison after breaking a thick wooden door using a hammer, chisel and screw driver and scaled over two security walls.

It was suspected that they could have used a rope to scale the wall.

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