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Minister decries inmates’ facilities

By: Kitab A Unango

The Minister of National Security in the Office of the President has decried the ill inmate’s facility at Juba Central Prisons.

According to 2014 and 2015 inmate’s statistics reports, approximately there were 6500 inmates serving sentences across the country with Juba Central Prisons accommodating the highest number.

Gen. Isaac Mamur Obote, Minster of National Security in the Office of the President said President Salva Kiir was aware of the challenges adding that  implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement was the only hope to revert the situation.

“H.E the President of the Republic of South Sudan is aware of the challenges facing the leadership of Prisons Service including the warders and inmates, ranging from vehicles, equipments, tool and prisons’ facilities,” Obote said.

“Juba Central Prisons was built to accommodate about 300 inmates but today it accommodates more than that,” he added.

He made the remarks during the opening of the National Prisons Service 7th leadership conference at Crown Hotel in Juba yesterday.

The conference that drew together senior and some junior prison officers, aimed at achieving strategic direction for transformation of National Prisons Service towards enhanced service delivery and accountability mechanism.

Mamur reiterated the government commitment to end war and bring the country back to normalcy and deliver services to citizens.

“You have heard the declaration of H.E. the President upon arrival from Kampala on November 8 after extension of Pre-transitional Period for 100 days, no more war,” Obote said.

“H.E. the President who is also the chairman of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) is committed to return this country back to peace,” he stated.

He called on Prisons Service leadership to maintain peace and security in the coming days of peace implementation.

The National Prisons Service, part of the judiciary system in the country, recently inaugurated Juvenile reformatory school, the move praised by UN agencies and partners as a reform in the institution.

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