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Inadequate community civic education contributes to corruption

Written by  Emily Kaliwo
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CHIRADZULU, February 08, 2018: Project Manager for Centre for Human Rights Education and Advice (CHREA), Maxwell Makande has said inadequate community civic education on court trials as well as police practices contributes to corruption.

Makande made the remarks on Thursday when Nkhokwe Arts Group performed at Chiradzulu District Hospital and Primary School respectively to civic educate the community on the difference between police and court bails.

Makande said the only difference is that police bail is free while court bail requires a bond in cash or as surety.

“It is the right of the accused person to be issued bail either at police or court and it is only courtbail which requires one to pay according to the amount charged,” he said, adding that when paying for court bail people should demand a receipt to be used to recover the money when the case is over.

Makande observed that many people were in prisons today because they missed a chance to ask for court bail, a development which contributes to congestion in such reformatory facilities.

He, therefore, advised people to ask for court bail soon after the magistrate has adjourned the case for another date provided you convince the presiding magistrate that you would be available for hearing and will not interfere with investigations in the case.

Makande, however, advised the youth to guard against any wayward behaviour which could lead them into police cells and prisons, saying whenever one is arrested dependents especially parents and spouses suffer besides delaying development.

In his remarks, Creative Director for Nkhokwe Arts Group, Mphundu Mnjumira said they decided to come to Chiradzulu after observing that the district has been registering an increase in sensitive crimes.

“The reason behind coming to Chiradzulu is to create awareness to people on the challenges that people faced in prisons. We performed life in police cells and prisons for the audience to appreciate that crime is not good,” Mnjumira said.  

Speaking earlier, one of the participants, Ibrahim Saidi, 21, of Mandindi Village in T/A Likoswe described the sensitization as an eye – opener, saying from the lessons learnt he would concentrate on better things to improve his life unlike being in immoral behaviours.

However, Saidi said it was also sad that many young people were suffering in prisons despite not being guilty, advising fellow youth to desist from things which may lead them to prison.

Nkhokwe Arts Group is an off – shoot of Nanzikambe Performing Arts which taught theatre at Chichiri Prison whose actors are former inmates.

The former ex – prisoners were trained in theatre for them not to return to prison but engage themselves in sensitizing the community on consequences of being a criminal to deter the would – be offenders with funding from Lush Foundation of the United Kingdom through CHREEA.

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