Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli has said that inmates should be forced to work day and night, and the lazy ‘kicked hard’.
Speaking during the unveiling ceremony of Tanzania’s new Commissioner General of Prison Services Ms Phaustine Kasike, President Magufuli said that convicts should not be left to lazy around instead they should cultivate their own food.
“Some prison staff don’t have homes. Make the prisoners work, let them make bricks day and night. If they show laziness, kick them. You have labourers, and for free. It is a shame for the country to continue to feed prisoners. All the prisons have fields, inmates must cultivate them,” said Magufuli.
Magufuli also criticised prison staff for allowing prisoners to receive conjugal visits.
“A man is in prison, leaving his wife outside, and a prison official receives this woman and authorises the prisoner to do things he is not supposed to do during his detention. I don’t want to hear talk of that any more. I want reforms in the management of prisons,” he said.
Magufuli has been nicknamed the “bulldozer” for his popular no-nonsense, corruption-busting man of the people personality.
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