The Zambia Prisons Service (ZPS)’s Kalonga milling plant in Kabwe has earned the service K6 million in mealie meal sales since inception in 2014, as the service is heading towards self-sustainability in food production for inmates.
ZPS spokesperson Steve Kagoli disclosed that the plant which is wholly owned by the prisons service had been supplying mealie meal to all prisons in the country as well as Government hospitals and other ministries such as defence. “Since inception in 2014, we have raised about K6m from mealie meal sales. Other than milling for feeding prisoners we have also been able to supply to other institutions such as Government hospitals and to the Ministry of Defence. The project has helped us head towards sustainability in feeding inmates,” he said.
Mr. Kagoli also said in an effort to improve nutrition, the prisons were growing a variety of vegetables for the inmates’ consumption. He reiterated his organisation’s commitment to providing a conducive atmosphere for effective rehabilitation of the incarcerated.
Mr Kagoli however stated that the organisation has been facing some challenges but was grateful that most of the times the government has been on hand to mitigate the hardships.
He pointed out that overcrowding was one of the major challenges but said it was not easy to effectively plan for space because almost on a daily basis people walk in and out of prisons.
“We still have a problem of overcrowding but we are trying to address the matter. Of course, it is not very easy to combat the problem because almost on a daily basis people walk in and out of prisons. While others are being discharged, others commit offences and are jailed,” Mr Kagoli explained.