Correctional services critical for attainment of Vision 2030 – President

By Justin Mahlahla

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says an effective correctional service is an essential component of the country’s quest to achieving an empowered upper middle-income society by 2030.

He was speaking at the 150th pass out parade for 771 Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service cadets at Ntabazinduna Training School this Monday.

He commended the correctional service for recruiting females, as 211 of the graduands were women.

“It also demonstrates our empowerment and commitment to recognise and promote gender equality as set out in our country’s National Gender Policy, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and Sustainable Development. These conscious decisions further ensure that people enjoy the true meaning of our independence, freedom and democracy… The task of the graduating and into the future is to resolutely help entrench safety and security as we march towards the realisation of the Vision 2030,” said President Mnangagwa.

The President added, “The 150th Recruit Correctional Service Officer training course, which had an enrollment of 771 students, saw no drop-outs notwithstanding the demands and high expectations of the training programme. I, thus, applaud the graduating class for their adherence to COVID-19 guidelines and protocols, including receiving vaccine doses under the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.”

He commended the various stakeholders and experts who contributed towards the delivery of a comprehensive training course, which comprised Constitutionalism, Human Rights, Gender, Drugs and Substance Abuse, among other modules.

“These equipped the cadets with contemporary skills on dealing with emerging complex issues and broader global realities, characterised by the rise in the use of ICTs and associated cyber security threats, and acts of terrorism, among others.”

President Mnangagwa said the mutually beneficial and co-operative approach bolsters the effectiveness of the correctional services in bridging the gap between the offender, society and government’s quest to attaining sustainable development.

He added, “This is more important as the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service is driven by the dictum ‘For the incarceration and rehabilitation of offenders and their successful re-integration into the society’. This is more so as offenders come from the society, commit crimes against those in the society and ultimately through your work, they will go back to the same communities. It is therefore, my expectation that as competent and professional Correctional Officers, you are now ready to execute your mandate as enshrined in Part 5, Section 227 of our National Constitution.”

He noted, “In addition, the advancement of the vision of your organisation should remain your guiding force as you serve our beloved mother land. This must include ensuring that the correctional services lead to the successful reintegration of inmates into society.”