ZPCS delegation invited to Botswana

By Peter Chivhima

A delegation from the Botswana Prison Service (BPS) led Commissioner General Dianah Mathe was in Zimbabwe three months ago on an exchange bench-marking programmme.

The delegation toured various prisons and correctional centres across the country and the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation.

Zimbabwean prison officers are already implementing the agreements of the memorandum of understanding in Botswana.

Speaking from Botswana this Thursday, ZPCS Commissioner General Moses Chihobvu noted the strong bilateral relations between the two countries in various areas including rehabilitation of inmates.

“We are here to equally learn from our counterparts here in Botswana. In our country we have also introduced a raft of rehabilitation programmes and among them is the introduction of open Prisons. The open prison rehabilitation programme gives an opportunity to inmates to continually interact with society as they are attached to various organisations where they are getting skills that would help them to reintegrate with society,” said Commissioner General Chihobvu.

Botswana Prison Service Commissioner, Ms Dinah Marathe is appreciative of the cordial relations between the two neighbouring countries.

 “The coming in of ZPCS trainers will help in capacitating our officers in detecting security breaches, closing gaps as well as handling internal threats that needed immediate response. We want to smoothen our operational capabilities and the training will also help officers to handle challenges as well as strengthening mechanisms to ensure both prisoners and officers are safe,” she said.

The Zimbabwean delegation is in Botswana for four weeks during which they will train Botswana Prisons Service officers.