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Hichilema Being Treated Fairly, Prisons Service Authority

Zambia Correctional Service has issued a statement stating that opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema condition at Mukobeko Maximum Prison is not as bad as is being portrayed.

Hichilema, whose incarceration on treason related charges has widely been condemned, is entering his third month behind bars.

The leading opposition leader was first held in Lilayi before being transfered to Chimbokaila in Lusaka and is now held at Mukobeko.

UPND officials have decried conditions in which Hichilema is held describing them as “pathetic” and unfit for human habitation.

But the prisons service has issued a statement clarifying the position.

“HH is being treated fairly like any other remand prisoner in accordance with the available facilities at Mukobeko Maximum Correctional Center. It is unrealistic for the UPND to demand that HH must be given ‘special treatment or special cell.’,” part of the statement by public relations officer Margaret Nawa reads.

BELOW IS THE FULL STATEMENT FROM THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICE

PRESS STATEMENT

Wednesday 14th June 2017

ALLEDGED MISTREATMENT OF HH AT MUKOBEKO MAXIMUM CORRECTIONAL CENTER

The Zambia Correctional Service is disappointed with the continued propaganda by the UPND over its incarcerated leader Mr Hakainde Hichilema. In its latest propaganda, the UPND through its spokesperson Charles Kakoma has alledged that Mr Hichilema is being dehumanized in his cell at Mukobeko Maximum Correctional Center in Kabwe.

Contrary to the allegations by Mr Kakoma, the facts on the ground are that:

HH is being treated fairly like any other remand prisoner in accordance with the available facilities at Mukobeko Maximum Correctional Center. It is unrealistic for the UPND to demand that HH must be given ‘special treatment or special cell.’ It is also important for the UPND and the members of the public at large to know that there are no special cells in prison as all prisoners are treated equally The Service does not discriminate persons detained in its facilities based on their social class, religion, tribe or any other identification.

Therefore, there is nothing unlawful by giving HH the same facilities available to other prisoners. But the UPND as well as those concerned must be assured that Mr Hichilema, just like any other prisoner incarcerated at Mukobeko Maximum Security Correctional Center, is in safe custody as he waits for trial before the High Court.

It is also cardinal for members of the public or the UPND community to know that a prison cannot be compared to a home and this is a fact. Therefore expecting that someone will live in a prison like he or she does at home is unrealistic. We should work hard as a country to improve prisons conditions to make them better and the UPND MPs as law makers are better placed to be among the advocates of increased funding to the Zambia Correctional Service in that regard.

HH’S MOVEMENT TO MUKOBEKO MAXIMUM CORRECTIONAL CENTER

It is disturbing that the UPND has continued to questioning the Service’s move to transfer Mr Hichilema from Lusaka Central Correctional Center to Mukobeko Maximum Security Correctional Center in Kabwe. The Services wishes to reiterate that the move was done in accordance with the Law.

Section 68 of the Prisons Act Cap 97 of the Laws of Zambia states that “The Commissioner (Commissioner General in this case) may by any general or special order , direct that any prisoner shall be removed to any prison other than that in which he is confined or to which he had been committed.” There are many reasons why this could be done and in this case, the move is based on security reasons.

VISITATIONS TO HH

Again, the Service is compelled to repeat itself on this matter to make the UPND understand. Regarding visitations to a prison, the prisons rules, in section 132 part 1 and 2 are clear on this one as it states that “no prisoner shall be allowed more than three visits at any one time and all visits to a prisoner shall take place during such hours as the officer-in charge may direct.” A prison is a security institution that cannot be visited anyhow like a “tavern” or “pub”.

We are a Service that operates professionally and within the confines of the law. We are also a Service that respects the inherent dignity of a human person in accordance with the International Human Rights and this does not exclude Mr Hichilema.

In conclusion, the Service wishes to appeal to the UPND and other interested persons in this matter to familiarize themselves with the provisions in the Prisons Act and the Prisons subsidiary legislation.

Margaret Nawa

Superintendent

HEAD- PUBLIC RELATIONS

48 Comments

  1. Barotse bull

    I SUPPORT YOUR POST!!!
    THE PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE THEY CONSIDER HH AS GOD.

    • Kenneth mumba

      Thanks very much to let the UPND and public under stand a about prisons and they should not be bothering you. Who is HH. HH is an ordinary citizen like any other person who is president a party. Even me to day if I want to I can become a president of my own party.and the whole country w I’ll know me as a party president therefore it does not mean I am the head of state .and given spevialtreatment when am behind bars. Long time ago even food was given to a prisoner from out side . the food was from within prison. So special treatment does he want. Swing the wife, making his bed some to sweep his room, some one to prepare warm water for him, no when in prison obey and follow the conditions in the prisons . if they say make a line while sifted you have to do it or follow what they .you may have money or no money treatment is the same. This shows HH to realize that he is not special and he is not above the law. At the same time use less . He will be given what he want he becomes a republican head of state.but though head of state if he commits crime and taken to prison treatment will be the same like any other person. Pls the prisons authority stop to reveal the secrets of the prisons. Let the UPND talk what they think they know .

    • Kenneth mumba

      Thanks very much to prisons authority let the UPND and public under stand all about prisons and they should not be bothering you. Who is HH. HH is an ordinary citizen like any other person who is president of a party. Even me to day if I want to I can become a president of my own party.and the whole country w I’ll know me as a party president therefore it does not mean I am the head of state .and given spevialtreatment when am behind bars. Long time ago even food was given to a prisoner from out side . the food was from within prison. So special treatment does he want. Swing the wife, making his bed some to sweep his room, some one to prepare warm water for him, no when in prison obey and follow the conditions in the prisons . if they say make a line while sifted you have to do it or follow what they .you may have money or no money treatment is the same. This shows HH to realize that he is not special and he is not above the law. At the same time use less . He will be given what he want he becomes a republican head of state.but though head of state if he commits crime and taken to prison treatment will be the same like any other person. Pls the prisons authority stop to reveal the secrets of the prisons. Let the UPND talk what they think they know .

      • Kabwe guy steward chipamina

        We are all Zambians will should understand the rules of our country some one have lot money and someone who have no money we the some

    • Kingso

      If was your biologically father being treated unfairly… How can u feel?

  2. Ba Citizen

    Just remember that dawn is coming! And fast approaching!

    • hummer where it hurts

      Beginning of quote”the commissioner general in this case may by any general or(SPECIAL ORDER,direct any person to be moved to any prison” end of quote. Why hinding behind those match sticks,we know who you are and why you are making those orders. Mama me! all systems are eroded wrong people every where.skilled wavers in defending the wrongs.

    • Mambwe ngoms

      HH is not god but he is a human being Who caN make mistakes also
      .i love u uncle hh

  3. LOZI BAROTSE

    FREE HH OUR FREEDOM FIGHTER,FREE THE ZAMBIAN MANDELA!!!!!!

  4. Lozi Barotse

    FREE HH our freedom fighter,FREE the Zambian Mandela!!!!!!!

    • Which freedom fighter or zambian mandela? There is only one mandela we know, a south african not yo HH. Hh is hh nd mandela is mandela..nothin makes him special or abov de law. Let de law tek its course!

      Kayn

    • Kayn

      Wat meks him so special to b put in special cells or be given special treatment wen he is incarcerated in prison? No way hh jst hv to b treated de same dey do to others bein held there after all knew all along dat prisons do exist in zambia nd no one is treatd specially bt equally!

  5. Felix Mulwanda

    Pakalitente fwebo

  6. JOOBO HAAMA TIMBA

    Nawa we don’t have to be one sided , mind you a leaf has the apper part and the bottom and one day it will wither an every one will see it’s

  7. JOOBO HAAMA TIMBA

    Nawa don’t forget things change note that every thing that goes up must come down and it’s coming may be falling into an ocean or into fire and every one ,every thing attached to it will perish with it the game has the end time you have already played half-time with lungu yet no gaol we are about to score wait and see

  8. PF

    Comment……….
    Hello Guyz!!!!!!
    Take it easier Naye acuche pang’ono pang’ono HH Dont spare dis culprity, until his trial final rulings from de high court.

    NEXT Proceedings Load*************

  9. Awa na moyo

    No special treatment kkk .

  10. Kapaya Brian

    Time is coming when you will confess on whose orders you are operating.stop even mentioning the law.

  11. Zambian

    I’ve never been a UPND or any other party’s sympathiser, but reading the mishaps of HH makes me sad. He may have erred, but he is still human and his life and dignity must be respected.

  12. 100%HH follower

    HH is a man who can change Zambia not bafitolilo alipo.pipo don’t pretend that things are fine in our nation but not, let’s say the truth, look Zambia always being visited by poor country President s ,this shows poor governance, Let HH become President you c Trump visiting Zambia .

    • Kingso

      Ba PF Bazakanya mu 2021 Ba lekeni.. We can all see that the 3 quarters of the citizen’s are against lungu.

    • Kingso

      Ni HH chabe who can fix it, Ba ziba na kuziba!

  13. Treason

    It doesn’t matter who you are law is law .

  14. Henry Mweemba

    Let him rot in jail. He thinks his riches can make him untouchable. As for the mps they like headless chickens. Following blindly

  15. GIGI

    HELLO ZAMBIAN PIPO

  16. Jangle

    Kkkkk i continue

  17. STARBOY TRE THEBADGUY

    wen we cum 2 think the late MANDELA was also prisoned 4 TREASON
    MANDELA was a great Man compared 2 HH but thy treated him equal 2 the prisoner he found
    HH has been in prisoned 4 TREASON
    he also needs 2b treated equal like others aftr lo is nit even a special man….
    LET THE LAW TAKES IT CAUSE….
    (FOOLISH I UPNDz) ATA BA TONGA PA….?

    • Grace Phiri

      Do you have to be tribal? You ought to be ashamed of displaying the ugly face of tribalism openly!

  18. joshuabmweemba

    Sory zambia

  19. mwila

    For sure…you wil one day confess on who is making those orders. We know tht those orders are coming direct from the “thrown”. Wait for the wrath of God to come down it will not spare you all who mistreat an innocent person. Stop hurting HH for his wealth. Go work hard and make yours. Forward forward forever!!!!

  20. Dr c

    A poor fool idiot u are supporting lungu after low u are suffering morkey

  21. BRIGHT

    Law z law no matter who you are

  22. Phiri college

    No one is above the law dear friends who is him to Zambian people come on guys

  23. Mendoza

    Mandela was Mandela, the principled. That’s why even at robben island he crushed stones, following prison rules! Who is HH?

  24. NORTHERN RHODESIA

    OK NOTHING WRONG WITH THE PRISONS AUTHORITY BUT ARREST ANYONE PRANCING AROUND NAKED PROTESTING IN THE PUBLIC.THANK YOU.

  25. SAMA J

    PF their have joules with HH bcz is rich

  26. sillen

    U see rules ar allover,that’s why its called prison,its a place for wrong doer like him,why complaining that is nice hotel keep enjoying while there.anyway u will be out

  27. Nana

    Eish the level of ignorance here yoh !!
    Am sure you all know that people who go to prison have been found guilty
    so I don’t see why they have to lock him in mukobeko maximum instead of a holding cell because his still on trial !!
    Zambian’s why not open your eyes for once,the constitution is being manipulated by those in power and you’re here supporting it,shame!!

  28. Cq

    FREE HH,yo statement is pathetic we want HH out of yo foolish hands

  29. neutral man

    Respect Is Vital……….Anyway God Knows Who Is Wrong Jst Make Sure U R Nt On Th Wrong Side………..Or Jst B neutral

  30. Edgar Chagwa Lungu

    am sorry for what i am doing .i apologise on behalf of the country.i was just punishing hh.now iam going to release him .please forgive let me face the consequences now.hh is innocent.

  31. flex tribe

    H.H is just a human being nd he should be jailed in according just like any other crime comiter so let him be in prison for being ib prison itx becoz of itx own fault

  32. Yes that's true sir

    Yes that’s true sir

  33. Alex makonko

    Ati Boma no Boma.

  34. DIE HARDMICH

    We are watchin
    the downfall of the pf…
    And as upnd we are ready to move forward elo
    i knw HH is innocent they just want to persecute him….
    One of them will not dance that Tune again….

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