Zambia to dump buckets for prison toilets

Written by on April 29, 2019

Kennedy Gondwe: BBC News, Lusaka

Prison authorities in Zambia have banned the use of buckets to answer the call of nature, reports the state owned Zambia Daily Mail.

Water buckets are a common substitute for toilets in prisons as facilities cannot cope with the high number of inmates.

But the Zambia Correctional Service (ZCS) has directed that the practice – known as the bucket system – come to an immediate end because proper toilets will be built in prisons.

ZCS commissioner-general Dr Chisela Chileshe has warned that officers in charge of correctional facilities who defy the directive will be charged.

He said the time had come for inmates to have access to decent toilets instead of subjecting them to the indignity of using buckets as toilets.

“A directive has been made and if I find anywhere there is a bucket system, the officer in charge will be in trouble,” he said.

He said good sanitation and ventilation were important aspects of good health.

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