A WARDRESS at Lusaka Remand Prison is now in a quagmire for tying the note with an ex-convict and keeping the union under wraps.
Sub inspector Mercy Marrin Ngoma of service no.6477 has been suspended from duty by Zambia Correctional Service Commissioner General Frederick Chilukutu for defying Section 43 (r) of the Prisons Act Cap 97 of the Laws of Zambia which prohibits prison officers from having affectionate relationships with inmates.
This is according to a letter of suspension dated December 27, 2021.
“It has come to the attention of this office that you, sub inspector Mercy Marrin Ngoma, on December 23, 2021 married an ex-convict Moffat Nkhoma at a wedding ceremony held at Garden Park, Garden House area in Lusaka. Particulars are that you sub inspector Mercy Marrin Ngoma on the material date did have a secret wedding with ex-convict Moffat Nkhoma, who was discharged from prison on October 20, 2021 after serving a jail sentence of 25 years for aggravated robbery and murder,” read the letter.
“Suffice to mention that you contravened the prison Act Cap 97 of the Laws of Zambia Section 43(r) i.e any other act, conduct, disorder or neglect to the prejudice of good order and discipline not herein specified.”
Chilukutu has ordered the prison guard not to leave her service station without authorisation from the Lusaka Female Correctional Centre Officer-in-Charge or have a break, unless she is unwell, as a disciplinary measure.
“In light of the above, you have been suspended from exercising the powers and functions of your office as a Corrections Officer with immediate effect in accordance with section 32(i)(b) of the Police and Prisons Service Commission Regulation of 1976,” Chilukutu ordered.
“During the time, you will be on suspension, you will not be allowed to leave the station without permission from the officer-in-charge, Lusaka Female Correctional Center and you will also not be allowed to take leave other than sick leave.”