Road accident: Prisoners are transported like dogs

Road accident: Prisoners are transported like dogs


It pains me to see prisoners perishing in a fatal road accident obviously because of the uncaring driver speeding the Kasalanga at the instruction of prison waders.

The last time I was in a kasalanga was in 2018 when I was imprisoned for 9 months with hard Labour on a case of criminal trespassing.

I remember how the truck carrying prisoners was been driven in high speed. When I asked my fellow prisoner on board, he told me the reason they over speed is to prevent prisoners from jumping out of the truck.

Today I have seen an accident involving prisoners and it made me to break the silence and speak about my experience in prison and life after prison.

Prisoners are also people . Today’s accident reviews that prisoners are so much dehumanized in Zambia. We were carried like DOGS and they didn’t care whether we died or not.

Today I want to appeal to government to decongest prisons and have some more courts to finish up cases for accused persons in remand prisons quickly to avoid such cases of fatal accidents emanating from transferring inmates from distant prisons to courts in Lusaka.

My life after prison has been that of trying to tell society that we can all be victims of imprisonment because we break the law sometimes accidentally, and some times we are wrongly accused or at times fail to hire a lawyer in a case.

We must treat prisoners with respect . Today I am who I am because of the lessons I learnt in prison .

I have chosen to contribute positively to improving the social and economic lives of my people in my community. Now imagine if I died in a prison truck that was been driven recklessly

After prison I have runned a number of social campaigns in my community such as donating things to vulnerable kids, building a community school, empowering women with skills, conducting workshops ,and many more.

So let’s respect and care for prisoners because they are human and have the capacity to transform society.

Montah Mwaba


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