Govt bans visits to Mukobeko after alleged killing of 18 prisoners by security officials

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Sleeping arrangement at Mukobeko

Government has banned family members and any other person from visiting prisoners at Mukobeko maximum security prison after allegations that 18 prisoners were beaten to death by government security officials.

And the government through the Zambia Prison Service (ZPS) has place a KR10, 000 rewards on the head of each fugitive.

18 inmates serving various jail sentences at Mukobeko were allegedly battered by prison warders after express instructions from the top command who fear for their jobs after 3 prisoners escaped the nation’s maximum security prison.

The three escapees are Derrick Mwape, Bernard Kapaso and Shadrick Phiri who are all waiting to be hanged in prison.

According to sources from the prison services, the prisoners were accused of having helped their inmates to escape and got a beating as punishment.

The escape and matters surrounding the battering and death of the 18 inmates was supposed to be a top secret Kasempa member of Parliament (MP) Kabinga Pande (MMD) complained  in parliament on Tuesday.

Home affairs Minister Edgar Lungu was forced to issue ministerial statement to parliament but as everybody would expect from PF officials, he denied the allegations.

On the ban on visits, Lungu said it will only be lifted depending on the outcome of an inquiry into what led to the escape of the three prisoners.

“As a result of the escape, a special search was conducted at Mukobeko Maximum Security Prison in all sections, to remove all prohibited articles as well as establish if there were any further threats to security.

The officers discovered that the three escapees used a sharp instrument to cut the metal which fastens the door of the cells and escaped,” Lungu said.

He said the search was met with resistance from inmates and who became unruly and in the process, abducted one prison warder whom they held hostage and demanded that officers discontinue the search as a condition for releasing him.

Mr Lungu said 300 recruits were brought in to reinforce the officers to rescue the warder and also to continue with the search and secure the prison.

He said only 300 recruits were deployed inside the prison, contrary to allegations made by Mr Pande that 600 recruits were deployed at Mukobeko.

“The search yielded positive results. Various offensive weapons such as screw drivers, knives, dagga and many other prohibited articles were recovered,” Mr Lungu said.

He said the situation at Mukobeko Maximum Security Prison is calm.

 

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16 Responses to Govt bans visits to Mukobeko after alleged killing of 18 prisoners by security officials

  1. it is true this thing happened.

    power - February 22, 2013
    14:05

  2. God help this country. and no one can give in a proper statement?

    Cindy - February 22, 2013
    14:00

  3. Malinso, please acompany HH to Mukobeko and stop wasting space out there.

    Mulundu - February 22, 2013
    13:58

  4. THE DEATH PENALTY IS THERE BUT THE GOVERNMENT HAS NEVER KILLED OR HUNGED ANYBODY FOR MORE THAN 20YEARS. FIND OUT ABOUT THIS FROM THE HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS THEY WILL TELL YOU EXACTLY THAT ZAMBIA STOPED HANGING PEOPLE TO DEARTH A LONG TIME AGO.

    LUBA - February 22, 2013
    13:12

  5. COMMONWEALTH SOMONE!!!!!

    d - February 22, 2013
    12:50

  6. How did prisoners access vyamba and also sharp objects to cut open the door. Are those prisoners in the picture? with nice shoes and clothes/ then HH is better off staying in mukobeko then for making empty noise to PF GOVT

    malinso - February 22, 2013
    11:56

    • Can anything good come from anyone with such a name . . . . . Malinso? What has HH got to do with this story? Leave HH alone please and concentrate on the issues at hand.

      Kabwata calling - February 22, 2013
      13:28

    • There is time for everything.Each time has its own content items or things to concetrate on or stick to.In this case,the issue to focus and comment on is not Hikainde Hichilema but “about the 18 dead prisoners at Mukobeko Maximum State Prison.” OOOh!!!Why should I even be surprised about your diversion from the subject matter,when your behaviour is charactristic of a “STRAY DOG.” Stray dogs are dangerous because they donot have a fixed abode,and if rabid they even become more deadly.I know just what you need….you need an anti-rabies vaccine or simply be caged in a kennel.

      Rosa Parks - February 22, 2013
      22:00

  7. MMMMMm prison life. I remember chimbokaila way back in 1992. Sleeping one mbambo. ie you sleep on your side to maximise space.

    Cumbu Munshololwa SC - February 22, 2013
    11:32

    • It is chimbwakaila,its tonga,lenje’soli word for swag.

      Puungwa - February 23, 2013
      08:08

  8. HRC as usual in deep sleep from the milked tea they are always drinking at state house as people are being massacred

    Suggestor - February 22, 2013
    10:42

  9. These prisoners stay long on deathrow without being hanged and yet they killed people. Why should we the Zambian taxpayers continue feding them and yet they are supposed to be killed also? Mr. Sata, please sign the death warrants so that they can be executed quickly before more of them can escape again.

    King Julien - February 22, 2013
    10:37

  10. This PF governmant is full of mediocrity and complecency. In the process of trying to appear as though they are better than the previous Government they have made terrible mistakes. They started with the release of the Barotse Prisoners but realised too late that it was a mistake. Next they went to Mukobeko Maximum prison and promised the prisoners that they would treat them better than the MMD and again they have had their fingers burnt again. They did the same with the Vendors and they have failed to reverse it. what Sata need to do is to appreciate what others have done before them and start from there and build on that. The same

    Chizende - February 22, 2013
    10:24

  11. DID THE ESCAPES HARM OR KILLED ANY IN MATE? THIS STORY IS VERY INTERESTING, WHETHER THEY WERE 300 OR 600, WHERE DID THE MP MR. KABINGA MPANDE GOT THE INFORMATION OF THE KILLING? THE ISSUE HERE IS DURING THE SEARCH THE RECRUITS DID THEY NOT BEAT ANY PRISONER?

    REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE GOT RELATIVES WHO WORK AS PRISON WARDERS AND TOLD US THE TRUTH.

    MR KABINGA IS AN ELDERLY AND RESPECTED MAN IN NORTHWESTERN PROVINCE THAN SOME OF YOU DRUNKARDS PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO REGARDS FOR YOUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS.

    Semuel - February 22, 2013
    10:13

  12. THE BAN IS THAT PEOPLE SHOULD NOT GET THE FULL INFORMATION FROM THE PRISONERS ABOUT WHO HAD BEATEN TO DEATH THEM BUT WHAT THEY MUST KNOW THAT IF WHAT WAS ANNOUNCED WAS FALSE THEN WE LEAVE IT IN THE HANDS OF GOD.

    WHY STOPPING PEOPLE AND RELATIVES WHEN IT IS THE RIGHT OF ALL PERSONS TO VISIT THEIR RELATIVES. WHAT ARE THEY HIDING FROM THE VISITS? ANOTHER OFFENSE IS COMMITTED. DONT PRETEND THAT THINGS ARE RIGHT IN ZAMBIA

    Semuel - February 22, 2013
    10:04

  13. huh..!its something that requires some thorough investigation..we can’t allow our people to be killed like that!under PF..its possible..

    shibemba - February 22, 2013
    09:56