28 June 2013

Zambia: Govt Tackling Police, Prisons Challenges

GOVERNMENT says it is addressing challenges police and prisons authorities are facing, Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Bert Mushala has said.

Mr Mushala said the Government would improve conditions of service for police and prisons officers by harmonising their conditions of service.

He said this when he officiated at a function for police officers, prisoner warders and magistrates in Chipata.

Mr Mushala said the Government had come up with a policy of equal work and equal pay meant to motivate public service workers.

"Government has come up with the policy of equal work, equal pay. This is meant to motivate our officers and thereby reduce the likelihood of officers not observing the rights of persons that they watch over while in custody," he said.

The Government, Mr Mushala said, intended to use part of the finances from the removal of subsidies on fuel and maize to build modern prison facilities.

He, however, said the welfare of inmates was not good because of the poor treatment from prisons officers, police officers and the courts.

Mr Mushala said it was sad that because of such cases some members of the public had opted to doubt Government's resolve to uphold human rights.

He said the Zambia Police Service, Zambia Prisons Service and the judiciary all existed for the sole purpose of managing offenders as they were going through the criminal justice system.

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