ZAMBIA Correctional Services deputy commissioner general Lloyd Chilundika says the service has taken full responsibility over the accident that resulted in the death of one inmate and several others injured.
And Copperbelt permanent secretary Bright Nundwe has told Chilundika to ensure that proper transport is found to ferry inmates for daily activities.
Chilundika said this when he called on Nundwe at his office in Ndola.
On Saturday, a prisoner died on the spot while 38 others were seriously injured after the vehicle they were in overturned three times on the Masaiti-Mpongwe road.
“After the accident, the commissioner general sent me here to come and see and get first-hand information of what transpired. We regret the incidence and our hearts are with the family of the deceased. We will address the misfortune of what happened,” Chilundika said.
“We are not taking kindly the situation that happened. It will be investigated and find out what transpired so that we protect [lives] in the future.”
And Nundwe said the correctional service should find better ways of ferrying inmates.
“As your institution, there is need to find better modalities on how to ferry the inmates. We can’t be using an open vehicle. Find an enclosed vehicle that will be much safer. As a preventive measure, we can’t stop accidents but we need to be very extra careful,” said Nundwe.