Female inmates showing prowess in skills, Correctional service

By Staff Reporter

FEMALE inmates are exhibiting prowess in skills development, Zambia Correctional Service Lusaka deputy Officer-In-Charge, Mary Filinga has observed.

She said the Correctional Service across the country had started offering skills training for female inmates in areas such as brick lying, plastering, tailoring, design and cutting.

Filinga said the service was also offering skill upgrades in general agriculture as a way of preparing them for community integration after serving their sentences.

Filinga has appealed for support from members of the public to female correctional facilities to acquire machinery and training materials to scale up the training of more participants.

She was speaking this morning at Lusaka Female Correctional Facility when Zamtel donated 2, 400 packs of sanitary towels and 180 tablets of bath soaps to the female inmates ahead of this year’s International Women’s Day commemoration.

And Zamtel Chief Human Resources and Administration Officer Betty Sikana commended the Zambian government for the efforts they were making to implement prison reforms.

She said Zamtel staff donated the funds used to procure the items as a gesture to inmates.

“It’s common knowledge that our correctional facilities today are faced with a myriad of challenges and government alone cannot afford to meet the ever-increasing demands in our correctional facilities,” Sikana said. “We are aware that Zambia’s inmate population countrywide stand in excess of 21,000 and requires concerted efforts from partners in order to manage these challenges. Lusaka Central Correctional facility alone has well over 1,200 inmates with around 162 of these being female”.

She said Zamtel had responded to one of the many challenges that the female inmates were faced by donating sanitary towels.