The Human Rights Commission concerned with the deplorable state of prisons in the Eastern Province.

The Human Rights Commission has expressed concern with the deplorable state of prisons in the Eastern Province.
Commissioner Mulenga Chisenga, notes that the state in which the prisoners are being kept, is inhuman, and has implored government to quickly attend to the dilapidated structures.
Mr Chisenga says that the prisons were built a long time ago when the population of inmates was small.
Namuseche Prison in Chipata currently has over 700 inmates while its capacity stands at 250.
Mr. Chisenga has described the situation as a calamity, which the prison staff are failing to cope with, due to inadequate structures.
He says the only viable solution, is to construct new structures instead of rehabilitating the current ones.
On Monday, the Human Rights Commission toured Namuseche Prison to inspect the prevailing condition of the facility.

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