ZAMBIA: 279 INMATES ON DEATH ROW
December 27, 2011: the number of inmates on death row at Mukobeko Maximum Security Prison, Zambia, has swelled to 279, Commissioner of Prisons Percy Chato said.
Chato said in a brief response to a press query in Kabwe that there were 279 inmates who had already been sentenced to death, but could not state the capacity of the condemned section.
Sources said the condemned section initially had 48 holding cells, but the facility was recently extended to accommodate 100 cells. According to prisons regulations, there should only be one condemned prisoner in a cell, although presently six inmates share a small room.
âThere is still need to expand the condemned section because that place is small. All the inmates do is pray, readÂ the Bible or play chess as they wait for their execution,â the source said.
Home Affairs Minister Kennedy Sakeni said in an interview that the courts should continue giving community service or fine as punishment for those convicted of small offences to decongest prisons in general. (Sources: Times of Zambia, 27/12/2011)