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Rwanda, Zambia sign implementation guidelines to enhance inmate rehabilitation

By IGIHE
On 27 April 2021 at 11:35

The Government of Rwanda and Zambia have signed implementation guidelines of the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on December 3, 2020.

The MoU aims at strengthening institutional capacities to rehabilitate inmates into more responsible citizens contributing to national development upon release.

The MoU also incorporates clauses to exchange best practices whereby Zambia can learn from Rwanda Correctional Service (RCS) model to introduce community based health insurance for prisoners.

The implementation guidelines of existing MoU were signed yesterday at RCS headquarters during a bilateral meeting between RCS and Zambia Correctional Service (ZCS).

It was signed by RCS Commissioner General, Juvénal Marizamunda and his counterpart of Zambia, Dr. Chisela Chiles during a meeting aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two institutions in the field of correctional services.

CG Marizamunda commended existing cooperation entrenched on friendship between President Paul Kagame and his counterpart of Zambia, Edgar Lungu.

“The existing MoU in the field of correctional services helped to strengthen relations and cooperation between Rwanda and Zambia particularly RCS and ZCS,” he said.

“It is aimed at sharing expertize and challenges with a view to improve inmates correctional system,” added CG Marizamunda.

Rwanda is among countries that have embraced technology to streamline the judicial sector’s efficiency known as Rwanda Integrated Electronic Case Management System (IECMS) helping inmates to follow up their court cases.

CG Marizamunda explained that they are ready to assist Zambia to initiate the technology that has proved efficiency.

On another note, Zambia as a country with advanced expertize in research to monitor inmates has also committed to train Rwanda’s prison warders.

CG Dr. Chisela Chileshe also reiterated his country’s readiness to strengthen existing cordial relations and enhance inmates rehabilitation.

The MoU also entails clauses to exchange best practices whereby Zambia can learn from Rwanda Correctional Service (RCS) model to introduce community based health insurance for prisoners.

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