Premier Anastase Murekezi has requested heads of African correctional service institutions to build partnerships among themselves and foreign countries to address challenges facing the institutions.
Murekezi gave the advice yesterday as he officially launched the 4thAfrican Correctional Services Association (ACSA) convening in Kigali from 15th to 19th May 2017.
Participants of the five-day bi-annual meeting will share ideas of how to realize progress of correction services on African continent.
Murekezi said that correctional services in Africa face obstacles of inadequate knowledge among managers and urged them to cooperate in addressing the challenge.
“Challenges are apparent in almost all African countries’ correctional services. These are insufficient budget and having few personnel with adequate capacity. It is not easy to attain objectives of ACSA with such challenges,” he said.
“All African countries, private investors and civil societies have to support ACSA to overcome these problems. This association must closely collaborate with governments to generate productivity in prisons. I would like to remind you that involving inmates in income generating activities is vital for inmates themselves, correctional services and the country in general,” he added.
Murekezi told participants that Rwanda tried all the best to facilitate the progress of correctional service and taking care of inmates like paying medical insurance and special care for female inmates.
The Commissioner General of Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS), CGP George Rwigamba said the meeting held in Rwanda will help member states to prepare the future of correctional services.
The president of ACSA chief of correctional service in Uganda, Col Dr Johnson Byabashaija stressed the need to draw consistent policies enhancing the development of correctional services in Africa. The previous meeting was held in Mozambique in 2014.
Participants in ACSA in Kigali will visit various prisons in Rwanda.