THE Zambia Correctional Service is optimistic that it will be self-sufficient in agriculture and industry and their projects have the potential to thrive, said Ministry of Home Affairs Audit Committee chairperson, Dr. Chabuka Kawesha has said.
Speaking in Kabwe recently when he received Members of the Audit Committee at Correctional Headquarters, Deputy Commissioner General Mr. Lloyd Chilundika said that apart from the custodial mandate, the Service has invested a lot in agriculture and industries.
“We are a very ambitious Service and we hope to be self-sufficient going forward,” he said. “Government has been supportive in our projects and we are working hard to ensure this is achieved”.
Meanwhile, Commissioner in Charge of Corrections and Extension Services Tobias Mwanza explained that the Service was doing very well in fulfilling the correctional mandate. He said this after he led the Committee in touring Mukuyu Joint venture, Mukobeko Maximum Security Facility, Kalonga Milling Plant, and Kabwe Maximum Security Facility.
He cataloged inmates’ general education, life skills, and industries such as the Milling plant, Carpentry, Crafts, and Tailoring among others.
“What you have seen here is also been done in almost all Correctional Centers,” the Commissioner said.
He added that it is gratifying that despite challenges the Service works hard to provide quality products.
However, he was quick to mention that with recapitalization in projects such as soap making, carpentry, and the milling plant, it would boost production and income for the Service.
Earlier, Dr. Kawesha explained that the visit was meant to familiarize the committee with the various initiatives and challenges that the Service was encountering.
– ZCS MEDIA