Gov’t inspects Yambio prison, donates cows

Inmates at Yambio Central Prison during the visit of the Deputy Governor Dr. Kennedy Gaaniko

By Alex Digi

The inmates in Yambio Central Prison have received food assistant from the government of Western Equatoria State following an official courtesy visit to assess the conditions of the prison services by the Deputy Governor and the Minister of Local Government and Law Enforcement.

This came after the State officials headed by the Deputy Governor Dr. Kennedy Gaaniko visited the State Prison to assess the condition of the inmates on Wednesday.

While Addressing the Inmates and Prison wardens, Dr. Kennedy appreciated Women of Yambio for being law-abiding citizens citing the presence of only one woman among the inmates with minor crime.

The Governor then announced the support of the State government to the inmates and Prison warden.

“When I was coming, I called the Governor and I told him, as I am going to visit the inmates what can we do as State government, he said two cows, one for you (inmates) and one for prison officers,” the Deputy Governor Dr. Kennedy said.

He added that the State government together with partners who are supporting Prison service will rehabilitate the water source and also bring drugs to the clinic in the Main Prison.

The Deputy Governor said they are going to engage with the National Government to send more Judges to the State.

“About clinic and Water, we are going to sit as State government together with partners to see how the water can be maintained and as well supplying the clinic with drugs so that you (Inmates) can get clean water and medication,” Gaaniko stated.

Meanwhile the Minister of Local Government and Law Enforcement, James Severino encouraged the Inmates giving them hope that one day they will still be reinstated with their families and society.

He said Prison is where people are transformed from bad behavior to good one, and he assured the inmates of their protection as well as closeness of the State government with them.

“The purposed of our visit is to encourage you, to make sure you are protected, so here the prison is where you learn how to be a good person in the society, you will still go back to your family” said James.

Meanwhile most of the issues raised by the inmates were lack of food, clean Water, medication and delay in trial of inmates’ cases for those waiting ruling.

The state officials as well inspected the Women cell and the Clinic in the Prison.

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