22 Dec 2014 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 22 DEC (NAMPA) - A total of 360 Windhoek Central Prison inmates were treated to Christmas presents and snacks here on Monday by new Windhoek-West Constituency Councillor, George Trepper as requested by residents.
The prisoners each received soap and lotion, as well as sweets and Nik Naks maize snacks inside the correctional facility.
You need our support, and these little gifts that we are sharing with you today is just a sign that we are caring for our fellow residents. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and pray that your lives will improve in 2015 and beyond, said Trepper, who was elected into that position on 14 November 2014.
He also gave a word of encouragement to the offenders, saying there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
I, therefore, would like to encourage you to obey the authorities, and when you are released you must become productive citizens, said Trepper.
The inmates thanked the councillor for the presents.
On his part, the Deputy Commissioner and Officer in Charge of the Windhoek Correctional Facility, Victor Eichab told Nampa on the sidelines of the event that the gesture is highly commendable, saying the inmates are happy with such support.
It is a much appreciated gesture from our political leaders. There is really a need to pay a visit to these guys and give a word of encouragement, said the commissioner, adding that he wish more community members and business people could come and visit the prisoners.
He further said that despite some individuals who do not like to cooperate, the offenders good behaviour is appreciated.
Eichab added that since the launch of the Offender Risk Management Correctional Strategy by President Hifikepunye Pohamba in March 2011, it is easy to solve problems with inmates.
The Offender Risk Management Correctional Strategy is the cornerstone of our focus on the safe and successful reintegration of offenders into the community, which is regarded internationally as the ultimate goal for any modern correctional agency. Our sincere thanks to our political leadership for the support, he said.