Kindly allow me space in your widely read online publication. It is surprising that Police recruits who started training two days ahead of Prisons recruits passed out on 19th, April 2013 and yet the Prison recruits are still undergoing an endless training. The Prisons recruits have been in the training camp for 10 month now and so far there are no signs as to when they will pass out. This is despite a reported outbreak of a strange illness in the training camp where a victim just begins to experience shakings in the joints especially the knee joints. So far eight people in the camp have been attacked by this strange illness and were taken to hospital but no medication was given to them. The hospital could not diagnose the disease and therefore could not administer treatment. To date the patients are just sleeping in the camp without medication. These patients have also continued to be subjected to the inhuman conditions where a room meant for 40 people is now accommodating to between 55 and 72 people.
We are aware that the recruits are paying a messing fee every month and some top officials in the Prisons are reportedly benefiting from this money. Could this be the reason as to why the recruits are being held in the camp for this long? The Country also witnessed a lot of escapes from prisons across the country mainly due to lack of sufficient man power in the prisons and yet recruits who should have passed out long time ago and be deployed in these stations so as to avoid such escape incidences are being kept for 10 months doing nothing.
The question that begs answers is the reason as to why the Minister of Home Affairs, Hon Edgar Lungu who is currently the Acting President has been silent on this issue. Can the Country be informed when the recruits will pass out. It is not fair to keep them in the training camp for so a long time just to continue milking them of their meagre income in the name of messing fee.