Rwanda correctional services surpasses production targets
RCS bosses, Paul Rwarakabije (right) and Mary Gahonzire (middle) chat with a journalist
The Rwanda correctional service (RCS) has revealed that it was able to make over Rwf2.4 billion from its production department between 2013/2014 though it set a target of Rwf2 billions.
The funds were collected from the contribution of inmates in various economic activities, such as arts and crafts, agricultural produce, livestock, brick and tile making, carpentry and road construction projects in which the prisoners were hired.
This was revealed by the RCS commissioner General Paul Rwarakabije, on August 13, 2014, during a press briefing on the achievements of the institution’s development and strategic plans during the financial year 2013/2014.
Rwarakabije said that this was good achievement for the prisons and contribution of inmates to national development will be emphasized during this financial year 2011/2015.
RCS centers were faced with tragedies of fire outbreaks caused by electrical problems in Muhanga and Gisenyi prisons between the end of 2013 and mid-2014, resulting into death of five inmates and transferring some to other prisons for accommodation.
RCS lost about Rwf300millions and Rwf200millions in both fire outbreaks.
However, Rwarakabije said that this has not impacted on the bid to cut the congestion in prisons which was already at 105 percent before the tragedies.
“The capacity of prisons to accommodate inmates is still under control since we have already created space. Only two prisons-Nyanza and Huye can relatively be considered congested, but it was because of transferring inmates to these prisons” Rwarakabije said.
Rwarakabije said that measure have been taken to curb down the causes of fire outbreaks, and these include crosschecking electrical lines, purchasing new portable fire extinguishers and pilling lots of sand at each prison for emergency firefighting.
Rwanda correctional services (RCS) has confirmed that 2126 inmates out of 53.000 inmates who were serving their jail time under the program of Works of Community Interest (TIG) since 2005 have escaped, but Rwarakabije said that the cause of the escaping was attributed to the insufficient security measures and personnel and negligence.