The rise in the number of women arrested for gender based violence cases in Eastern province has forced government to construct female cells at Namuseche state prison in Chipata district.
Eastern Province Minister Malozo Sichone disclosed that plans to construct female cells were underway in response to the rising crime levels among females in the province..
Mr. Sichone said construction will soon start as soon and necessary processes were concluded.
He disclosed that the number of women involved in criminal activities in the province was rising with most of them being arrested for Gender Based Violence (GBV).
Mr. Sichone said the new cells will be equipped with modern facilities to make inmates live comfortable lives while serving their sentences.
Meanwhile, a total of 6,000 jobs are expected be created in Eastern Province this year through different developmental projects being undertaken by government in Chipata district.
Mr. Sichone disclosed that 4,500 jobs will be created through the Link Zambia 8,000 road project while 1,500 jobs are expected to be created through the Pave Zambia 2,000 projects which are being undertaken in the province.
He explained that among the roads that will be rehabilitated under the Pave Zambia 2,000 project were township roads in Chipata, Petauke, Chadiza, Nyimba, Vubwi and Sinda districts, while the link Zambia 8,000 will cover all major roads linking different districts in the province.