The visit stated by paying a courtesy call to the Hon. Minister Jack MWIIMBU of Home Affairs and Internal Security- Zambia . The CG- RCS later proceeded to the Zambia Correctional Service headquarters in Kabwe and was given a warm welcome by his Counterpart-CGP Fredrick S.S CHILUKUTU.
It is important to recall that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the field of Correctional Service was signed on 3rd December 2020 during the 7th joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation (JPCC) meeting between Rwanda and Zambia . Among the areas of Cooperation stipulated in this MoU are Joint projects to realize Common objectives and improved Correctional practices, exchange programs for training of Correctional staffs, Information exchange relevant to Correctional practices and Education tours . The implementation guidelines were also signed in Kigali on 26th April 2021.
To enhance this Cooperation in June 2021, Zambia Correctional Offered seven (7) Slots to Rwanda Correctional Service where by , Five(5) in – Services Correctional Officers including one female and 4 males were able to undergo cadet course training in Zambia while two (2) instructors went to share knowledge and skills with their fellow instructors ZCS. The Courses took six months (June- December 2021).
During this visit, the CG-RCS and his team will be able to benchmark in the areas of production activities of which the leaned model would be used to enhance on RCS production management trends , on their rehabilitation process especially through open space prisons which would be linked to the halfway social reintegration centers that are being proposed to be implemented in the near future in Rwanda.
Other areas of benchmarking interest will be training, Research and development with the aim to learn best training and research practices as RCS looks forward to having a professionalized and research-based training school with all the required standards.