HRC refutes inmates’ deaths at Mukobeko

THE Human Rights Commission says no inmate died at Mukobeko maximum prison as alleged by Kasempa MMD member of parliament Kabinga Pande.

In a statement, Human Rights Commission chief information, education and training officer Samuel Kasankha stated that in line with its mandate, the commission conducted its own investigations to verify the truth and found that no single inmate died as alleged.

“The commission found, as a fact, that some confusion did occur within a wing of the condemned section following resistance by the inmates to being subjected to body searches by the authorities. The body searches had been necessitated by a recent escape from the same section by three inmates on death row. Body searches are conducted periodically as part of prison regulations to ensure that objects that are not permitted do not find their way inside the prisons,” Kasankha stated.