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Today the 28th January 2020, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in partnership with Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) launched the event that linked African Countries that use English language, in the Workshop for Prison Infrastructures in Africa which deals with the maintenance and operation in prisons especially in infrastructures.

This comes as the second event which follows the first one that took place in Ethiopia which also was dealing with infrastractures in prisons especially African Ones.

Budget is an issue when it comes to the infrastructures, the Commissioner General of RCS George Rwigamba said that budget is always a problem but in Rwanda it takes 10% of budget annually to be used in infrastructures not only in prisons but in the whole country.

“Budget can never satisfy but the good thing is that, in infrastructures it becomes a continuous action that developed the country, which is the reason why we improve the lives of prisoners everyday.” said George

“The more countries develop, the more infrastructures grow. When an individual commit a crime He/She is taken in Correctional Services to be treated and changed. What is being done today is to see what will help that individual while He/She will be kept in custody. When we build, we focus on when people live, where they entertain and where they can take health care.” He added

Commissioner General of RCS George Rwigamba

In this event also Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Justice (MINIJUST) Beathe Mukeshimana reminded people that prisoners have the same right as others but in ways of being corrected.

“Honestly Rwanda do whatever it takes to make sure that all Rwandans including prisoners have good lives, they are given rights that fit them and those who behave and finish their punishments, they are set free.” Said Mukeshimana

Ministry of Justice (MINIJUST) Beathe Mukeshimana

This meeting is attended by 9 African Countries which are: Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, Libya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

13 prisons that Rwanda has, treat 74 000 prisoners.

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