Prison wardens’ houses in bad shape, Masauni admits

10Jun 2020
Francis Kajubi
The Guardian
Prison wardens’ houses in bad shape, Masauni admits

​​​​​​​THE ministry of Home Affairs has admitted that the majority of prison wardens live in dilapidated houses due to shortage of funds to build decent homes.

Hamad Masauni, the deputy minister for Home Affairs.

Hamad Masauni, the deputy minister for Home Affairs revealed this yesterday when responding to questions by Nachingwea legislator, Hassan Masala, who had wanted to know government’s plans to improve residential houses for the wardens of Nachingwea Prison.

In his response, Masauni admitted that houses for prison wardens at Nachingwea Prison were in bad shape, pledging that the government will continue renovating those houses on regular basis.

“So the ministry will continue to renovate and construct new houses for the prison officers depending on the budget allocation,” he said.

He said that in order to ensure that officers and the general staff have decent and standardised housing, the government through the Prison Force continues to implement an innovative housing programme at various prisons in the country, including Nachingwea district prison whereby each Head of Station is directed to make at least 30,000 bricks a season and they shall be provided with maps of the houses for construction.

“By April, 2020 a total of 393 houses have been built across the country through such initiative of which  129 houses are complete and 264 houses are in various stages of construction,” said Masauni.