600 prisoners moved to Mwembeshi maximum prison

The Zambia Prison Service has transferred 600 Prisoners from the famous Mukobeko Maximum Prison in Kabwe to the newly constructed Mwembeshi Maximum prison situated in Mumbwa district in Central province.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs Kaizer Zulu told Journalists at Mukobeko State Prison in Kabwe that Government is determined to improve the living standards of prisoners in the country.

The 600 Prisoners were transferred to Mwembeshi Maximum prison under heavy and tight security by the Zambia Police Service, Zambia Army, Zambia Air force and the Prison Service respectively.

Mr Zulu said the Patriotic Front administration wants to fulfil what it promised the Zambian people during their campaigns prior to 2011 general elections adding that improving the welfare of those incarcerated is one agenda of government.

He said those who have been taken to Mwembeshi Maximum prison are those prisoners who are serving jail sentences ranging from seven to nine years imprisonment.

And Mr Zulu has cautioned the private media in the country to with immediate effect stop misinforming Zambians by peddling lies against the Prison Service and the Zambia Police Service.

The Home Affairs Permanent Secretary said the Zambia Police and Prison Service are vital security wings of government which should be allowed to discharge their duties in a professional manner.

Mr Zulu said some media houses in the nation, especially those from the private media and some online publication have continued to misinform citizens who expect to be feed with the true information of what is obtaining on the ground.

He said government is determined to continue improving the well fare of prisoners not only at Mwembeshi Maximum prison but the rest of prisons in the country.

Mr Zulu lamented that Mukobeko State prisons which was built in 1978 no longer accommodate large number of inmates hence the reason by government to build more prisons which would accommodate required number of prisoners as opposed to the current status quo.