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UNMISS commits USD 50,000 to construct Mundri prison

By Noah Issa Philip

The United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has committed USD 50,000 for the construction of Mundri West County prison, in Western Equatoria state.

The project process started sometimes back in 2017 but was delayed due to the 2016 crisis in the country.

The planned building will include two offices for the prison officers, the reception area, separate cells for both male and female and also two separate cells for the juvenile group.

Speaking to Juba Monitor during the launching of the program on Monday, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan head of field office in Western Equatoria State Mr. Ibrahim Tahiro said the project was developed after the UNMISS team visited Mundri Prison Center finding that there was no proper facility for the inmates.

“We started the process sometime in 2017 when our colleagues from human right division through interaction of prison officers here in Mundri identified that there was no prison facilities in Mundri.

“We are not going to construct a standard state of prison facility for Mundri because that would require a huge amount of resources to commit,” Tahiro said.

He further added that the Team will give basic facilities to improve working condition for the officers.

“We are doing this bearing in mind human right standard. This comes after the prison officers had requested the UNMISS to construct a standard facility for the prisoners,” he said.

Mr. Ibrahim further urged that the work of the prison is not just to punish the wrong doers but it is meant to reform them to be useful members of the society.

“We know that prison is not just to punish the offenders of the law, but it is meant to reform, ensure that those who came into prison are reformed and are able to reintegrate back in their society as useful members of the community,” the peace keeper echoed.

Mrs. Fidelite Ntiroranya said they have been in communication with the director of prison service in Yambio last year saying it was necessary to have proper prison facility in the state.

“There is  need to have proper facility which will help the prison warders to perform better work in line with the respect of human rights of all inmates”. The project itself is in line with the mission’s priority to support the operation and infrastructure of South Sudan, rule of law and human rights institutions in South Sudan.

On behalf of the implementing partners, the Rural Development Action Aid (RDAA) Mr. Wango Emmanuel Marko said they have implemented many projects in Western Equatoria State counties.

“We have implemented the project in all the counties of Western Equatoria state and today we have the chance us to finalize the project,” Emmanuel said.

Mundri prison cells were destroyed during the 2016 conflict in the country which made the inmates not to be held accountable for any crime they committed.

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