ROLAND Imperial Tobacco Company Limited (RITC) has donated assorted food items and cigarettes worth K40, 000 to Mwembeshi Maximum correctional facility near Lusaka as part of their corporate social responsibility.
The donation comes barely two weeks after the company made a similar donation worth K50 000 to Mukobeko Maximum Prison in Kabwe.
Speaking during the handover ceremony yesterday, RITC manufacturing division general manager Aliport Ngoma said that his company was making donations to inmates because they were not rejects.
Mr Ngoma noted that people in incarceration needed to be cared for and loved without limitations.He reiterated that his company was committed in giving back to the community in which they conducted business.
Mr Ngoma pointed out that corporate social responsibility was an integral part of their business and that they had made several other donations across Zambia.
“Our company has in the past made donations to Mukobeko Maximum Prison, Chilanga Hospice, Chawama Cheshire Homes, N’cwala traditional ceremony of the Ngoni, Tubimba of the Nsenga and Chakwela Makumbi traditional ceremony of the Soli people. We are proud to state our commitment in giving back to the community in which we conduct our business,” he said. And Ministry of Home Affairs assistant correctional secretary Moses Musonda thanked the company for their continued support to the correctional facilities.
Mr Musonda said that such donations were welcome because Government alone could not manage and that they made inmates feel loved.
He called on other entities and well-wishers across the country to come forth and extend a hand of support to people in incarceration.
Meanwhile, Mwembeshi correctional facility deputy officer in charge Chackris Miyanda thanked Roland Tobacco for the donation.Mr Miyanda explained that such gestures made inmates feel at home and realize that society cared about their well-being.
He disclosed that the number of escapees from the facility had drastically reduced because of the good treatment and skills empowerment they were imparting to them. Superintendent Miyanda said that they were providing inmates with counseling and TEVETA accredited courses.
And an inmate Black Kangwa said in an interview that he was happy with the treatment they were receiving as prisoners at the facility.
Mr Kangwa, a Kasama resident, however said that he looked forward to the day he would be reunited with his family, as he still had six more years to serve.