The Spokesperson of RCS, SSP Pelly Gakwaya Uwera has told IGIHE that the funds are part of annual budget allocated for similar activities.
“We have been granted Rwf750 million to continue renovations and build new modern blocks. Detention facilities to be renovated this year include Rubavu Prison [Nyakiliba], Rwamagana, Nyamagabe, Nyarugenge [Mageragere] and Rwamagana Training School,” she revealed.
“We want to go with the current development and replace old structures with modern ones,” added SSP Gakwaya.
Nyanza is the only detention facility in Rwanda meeting international norms.
The latter houses different inmates including war-crime convicts from Sierra Leone transferred to Rwanda in 2009 based on existing agreements between both countries.
SSP Gakwaya has explained that the country plans to have many prisons with similar standards giving a boost to inmates’ welfare.
She highlighted that old structures had no passageways for disabled persons, an aspect to be considered during planned renovations.
Rwanda has 14 prisons including Nyagatare Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Eastern Province.
The Government of Rwanda plans to reduce the number to nine and move them from towns to rural areas to take advantage of available land for farming activities.
SSP Gakwaya stressed that the exercise has started where Nyarugenge prison built in 1930 was relocated to Mageragere. Others include Rubavu prison relocated to Nyakiliba while Rusizi prison is expected to be moved to Nyamasheke.
Latest figures show that Rwanda’s prisons accommodate over 71,000 inmates.