Mon. Jul 15th, 2024

Mozambique’s justice minister says prison guards who help inmates get hold of drugs and other banned substances are “worse than the criminals” themselves.

“Alcohol, cigarettes, mobile phones and other equipment is always being found in the cells,” Helena Kida said.

She made the comments during a lecture on human rights in the Special Women’s Penitentiary, in the southern city of Matola, saying that all manner of illegal items are entering prisons, which would be impossible without the connivance of the guards.

“They have their rights and duties, as well as constitutional guarantees,” she said, urging them to honour the oaths they had sworn.

By Joy

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