By Dyson Jason Bubala Professor Lukas Muntingh and Jean Redpath, authors of ‘Social-Economic impact of Pre-Trial Detention in Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia are calling for law reform to make all cases bailable.
Launching the report at Crest Golf View hotel in Lusaka, the duo regretted that detention of suspect beyond stipulated 48hours is a violation of human right of a suspect ,as justice delayed is justice denied.
“People are detained in custody for a long time without standing trial.” they said.
Jean Redpath said the project’s aim is to provide empirical evidence of who is detained; the household affected by that detention, the nature and extent of the impact the detention.
Quizzed on whether the transfer of United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema to Mukobeko Maximum Prison is denying him (HH) access to fair trail, both Mr. Muntingh and Ms. Redpath argued that the plight of remandees and inmates is worse-off in Rural areas.
Muntingh and Redpath say Government has an obligation to provide food and neccesities to prisoners as opposed to the preserving situation in which families are shouldering this responsibility of providing food and toiletries.
Zambia has a population of twenty thousand prisoners and most correctional facities are in a deplorable state requiring attention by justice minister Given Lubinda and Home Affairs minister Steven Kampyongo.