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Correctional Service 2018 Annual Ball

I WISH TO EXPRESS MY HEARTFELT GRATITUDE TO YOU COMMISSIONER GENERAL AND YOUR COMMAND FOR INVITING ME TO COME AND GRACE THE 2018 SENIOR OFFICERS ANNUAL BALL. WHILE IT IS A TIME TO FRESH OURSELVES, IT IS ALSO A GOOD MOMENT TO TAKE STOCK OF THE VARIOUS ENGAGEMENTS THE SERVICE WAS INVOLVED INTO, CHECK ON THE SUCESSES AND FAILURES RECORDED, AND ABOVE ALL USE THE OCCASION AS A PRIME TIME TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE OF THE SERVICE.

COMMISSIONER GENERAL

MAY I FROM THE ONSET CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR WELL-DESERVED APPOINTMENT AS COMMISSIONER GENERAL OF THE ZAMBIA CORRECTIONAL SERVICE BY HIS EXCELLENCY MR EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES, AND YOUR SUBSEQUENT APPOINTMENT AS A MEMBER OF THE CENTRAL JOINT OPERATIONS COMMITTEE (CJOC).

 

AT THE SAME TIME, ALLOW ME TO SALUTE YOUR PREDECESSOR MR PERCY KANGWA CHATO FOR THE EXEMPLARY LEADERSHIP HE EXHIBITED DURING THE EIGHT YEARS HE HAD BEEN AT THE HELM OF THE ZAMBIA CORRECTIONAL SERVICE, AND ACHIEVING THE ACCOLADE OF BEING THE FIRST ONE TO HOLD THE RANK OF COMMISSIONER GENERAL IN THE HISTORY OF PRISONS IN ZAMBIA.

COMMISSIONER GENERAL AND DISTINGUISHED OFFICERS, GOVERNMENT HAS MADE STRIDES TO IMPROVE THE WELFARE OF OFFICERS IN THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICE AND IT IS MY SINCERE HOPE AND TRUST THAT YOU WILL RECIPROCATE BY DEDICATING YOUR TIME AND COMMITTING YOURSELVES TO SERVE OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES DOTTED AROUND THE COUNTRY.

AS YOUR MINISTER, I AM EXTREMELY DELIGHTED TO BE PART OF THE TRANSITION PROCESS IN WHICH THE ZAMBIA CORRECTIONAL SERVICE IS GOING THROUGH. CHANGING AND JOYFUL TO SHARE THIS MOMENT WITH YOU AND I WISH TO STATE THAT I WILL ALSO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS PLATFORM TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF MY GOVERNMENTS SUCCESSES AND FUTURE ENDEAVOURS IN AS FAR AS THE OPERATIONS OF THE ZAMBIA CORRECTIONAL SERVICE IS CONCERNED.

COMMISSIONER GENERAL, DISTINGUISHED INVITED GUESTS, THE IMPORTANT ROLE THE ZAMBIA CORRECTIONAL SERVICE PLAYS IN MAINTAINING INTERNAL SECURITY IN OUR COUNTRY CANNOT BE OVEREMPHASIZED. THOUGH BEING AT THE END OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, THE SERVICE IS KEY IN MAINTAINING SECURITY BY ENSURING THAT THOSE CITIZENS FOUND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAW ARE REFORMED AND REHABILITATED TO MAKE THEM LAW ABIDING CITIZENS. ONCE THIS IS DONE, IT WILL RESULT INTO REDUCED CRIME IN OUR SOCIETY; THEREFORE OUR COMMUNITIES WILL BE SAFE AND PRODUCTIVE.

IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT AS THE PATRIOTIC FRONT (PF) GOVERNMENT, WE WILL REMAIN COMMITTED TO FULLY SUPPORT THE ZAMBIA CORRECTIONAL SERVICE AND CONTINUE WITH OUR TRAJECTORY OF RAISING ITS STATUS TO THAT BEFITTING A SECURITY INSTITUTION OF THE 21ST CENTURY. WE KNOW THAT BY DOING THIS, WE WILL BE HELPING THE SERVICE EXECUTE ITS MANDATE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY.

DISTINGUISHED INVITED GUESTS, THE ZAMBIA CORRECTIONAL SERVICE HAS A TRANSFORMATION AGENDA TO ATTAIN IN ITS NEW FORM AND SOME OF THE MOST PERTINENT ISSUES UNDER THIS AGENDA INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH FARMING AND INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES,
  • EFFECTIVE INMATES REHABILITATION AND REFORMATION PROGRAMMES FOR A SAFE AND PRODUCTIVE SOCIETY,
  • INCREASED STAFF MORALE FOR EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS IN THE EXECUTION OF DUTIES,

IT GIVES ME PRIDE AS MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS TO MENTION THAT MY GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY SHOWN WHAT IT IS CAPABLE OF DOING IN AS FAR AS SUPPORTING THE SERVICE IS CONCERNED, IN LINE WITH THE AFOREMENTIONED.

FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE AREA OF PRODUCTION, GOVERNMENT FACILITATED A GRANT FROM THE WORLD BANK FOR THE ZAMBIA CORRECTIONAL SERVICE FARM EXPANSION PROGRAMME. UNDER THIS PROGRAMME, FOUR FARMS AMONG OTHERS, NANSANGA IN SERENJE, CHITWI IN LUANSHYA AND MUKUYU IN KABWE WILL BE FULLY MECHANISED. IAM RELIABLY INFORMED THAT BY THE END OF 2019, THE PROJECT WILL HAVE BEEN ACTUALIZED AS CENTER PIVOTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN INSTALLED AND TESTED. ONCE THIS IS ACTUALIZED, WE EXPECT THE SERVICE TO TRIPLE ITS PRODUCTION TO OVER 100,000 X50KG BAGS OF MAIZE AND DIVERSIFY INTO OTHER CASH CROPS AT A COMMERCIAL LEVEL.

IN THE AREA OF REHABILITATION AND REFORMATION OF INMATES, MY GOVERNMENT IS AWARE THAT THERE CAN NEVER BE EFFECTIVE REHABILITATION WITHOUT GOOD INFRASTRUCTURE. IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT WE ARE MOVING IN BY PUTTING UP MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE. AS I HAVE SAID ON MANY FOR A BEFORE, MY GOVERNMENT HAS SO FAR BUILT FOUR CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES SINCE 2013 AND IS STILL CONSTRUCTING MORE TO DECONGEST THE EXISTING ONES.

FOR STAFF MORALE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, EVIDENCE IS THERE FOR EVERYONE TO SEE WHAT MY GOVERNMENT HAS DONE ESPECIALLY IN THE AREA OF STAFF ACCOMMODATION WHERE SO FAR, 246 MODERN HOUSES HAVE BEEN BUILT HERE IN MUKOBEKO CAMP UNDER THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS HOUSING PROJECT. OVER 100 HOUSES ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN MWEMBESHI UNDER THE SAME PROJECT WITH ANOTHER 72 BEING CONSTRUCTED WITH MUKUYU VENTURES AND SALTECH ENTERPRISES UNDER THE PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE. YOU WILL AGREE WITH ME THAT THIS TYPE OF DEVELOPMENT IN THE PRISON CAMPS HAS NEVER TAKEN PLACE BEFORE SINCE INDEPENDENCE IN 1964.

ON THE ISSUES OF SALARIES, AM AWARE OF EXISTING DISPARITIES WHERE OFFICERS OF THE SAME RANKS WITHIN MY MINISTRY ARE GETTING DIFFERENT SALARIES. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND MY OFFICE WILL MOVE IN SWIFTLY TO RESOLVE THIS LONG STANDING ISSUE BY ENGAGING OUR COLLEAGUES AT THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE. I WILL SEE TO IT THAT THE NEW ZAMBIA CORRECTIONAL SERVICE RANK AND ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE THAT WAS APPROVED IN 2016 IS FULLY IMPLEMENTED.

 

COMMISSIONER GENERAL AM WELL AWARE OF STAFF SHORTAGES IN YOUR SERVICE TO MAN THE EVER INCREASING NUMBER OF INMATES. HOWEVER, I WISH TO REITERATE THAT MY GOVERNMENT IS EQUALLY COMMITTED TO REDUCE OFFICER TO INMATE’S RATIO TO THE REQUIRED RATIO OF 1 OFFICER TO FOUR INMATES. THE RECENT RECRUITMENT OF OVER 900 OFFICERS WHO ARE CURRENTLY UNDERGOING TRAINING HERE IS TESTIMONY TO THAT.  YOU WILL AGREE WITH ME THAT THIS IS THE BIGGEST INTAKE IN THE HISTORY OF PRISONS IN THIS TERRITORY NOW CALLED ZAMBIA

COMMISSIONER GENERAL, I WISH TO REMIND YOU THAT GOVERNMENT CANNOT ONLY ACHIEVE ITS PROGRAMMES WITH YOUR SUPPORT. THEREFORE, I IMPLORE YOU AND YOUR COMMAND TO SUPPORT THE PROGRAMMES GOVERNMENT HAS LINED UP FOR YOU. I IMPLORE YOU AND YOUR OFFICERS TO ENSURE THE SERVICE BECOMES ONE OF THE GIANTS IN TERMS OF AGRICULTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION AND THIS MUST BE DONE.

COMMISSIONER GENERAL, BEFORE I END MY SPEECH, ALLOW ME TO NOW YOUR OFFICERS. TO YOU OFFICERS, I CALL UPON YOU TO MAINTAIN HIGH LEVELS OF DISCIPLINE AND LOYALTY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY THROUGH YOU COMMISSIONER GENERAL AND HIS TOP COMMAND. YOU MUST NEVER BE TEMPTED TO PULL TOWARDS THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION FROM THE REST BECAUSE I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT YOU WILL NOT SUCCEED. FOLLOW THE REPORTING SYSTEM AS MY OFFICE WILL NOT TOLERATE OFFICERS WHO JUMP THEIR SUPERIORS TO COME AND REPORT ISSUES AT THE MINISTRY. AS A SERVICE, YOU NEED TO BE UNITED AT ALL TIMES AND YOU WILL ACHIEVE YOUR ASPIRATIONS IF WE ARE TO PULL IN THE SAME DIRECTION TOWARDS A COMMON GOAL.

AS I CONCLUDE I WISH TO REITERATE THAT MY GOVERNMENT ACKNOWLEDGES YOUR CONTRIBUTION IN FOSTERING PEACE, UNITY AND PROSPERITY BY SAFEGUARDING ZAMBIA’S INTERNAL PEACE BY PROVIDING QUALITY CORRECTIONAL SERVICES AND WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN

LET ME ONCE AGAIN; EXTEND MY GRATITUDE TO YOU COMMISSIONER GENERAL AND YOUR COMMAND FOR INVITING ME TO BE PART OF YOUR CELEBRATION THIS EVENING.

I WISH YOU ALL A WONDERFUL EVENING AS I NOW DECLARE THIS BALL OFFICIALLY STARTED.
I THANK YOU!

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