Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi says prisons can be decongested if inmates are rehabilitated to become productive citizens once they are released from jail.
He said this last week at Zomba Central Prison where 98 inmates were awarded with certificates in theology from a South Korean Mahanaim Bible College.
The course comprised theology and education, mindset change, law and purpose of law, restoration as well as rehabilitation.
“Mindset change skills are important as inmates will avoid committing other crimes after being released from jail as habitual offenders.
“Instead, they will utilise the carpentry, farming, mechanic, music and other skills learnt in prison to setup their own businesses crucial in the socio-economic development of the country,” said Dausi.
In his speech, the college’s director of police and corrections education Kim Sung challenged the inmates not to be overstressed in jail but devise mechanisms that will enable them to be productive while behind the bars.
“Communities should also welcome those that are released from jail happily and integrate them in communal activities if they are to be totally reformed,” he said.
Speaking after receiving a certificate, Tonex Chiphwanya said the course was fruitful and it will help him and his fellow offenders with rehabilitation and resettlement in their communities. “These skills have renewed our mindsets to be instrumental in propagating peace and development in the country,” he said.