AFRICAN CORRECTION SERVICES ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE (ACSA KAMPALA 2012 )
The Uganda Prisons Service successfully hosted the second biennial African Correctional Services Association conference (ACSA) at Speke Resort Munyonyo from the 2nd -5th of October under the theme “Enhancing Community- Responsive Correctional Service Delivery in Africa”. The conference was a discussion forum on the challenges facing African prisons / correctional institutions and a way to foster a renewed commitment with African solutions.
26 Correctional / Prisons heads from across Africa were represented at the Munyonyo conference and these were Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Botswana, Cameroon, Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tchad ,Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The conference was graced by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon. Hilary Onek who in his speech retaliated Government’s commitment to avail resources to enable Uganda Prisons Service to continue executing its Constitutional mandate of custody of prisoners and rehabilitation of offenders; and its mission of:
“Contributing to the protection and development of society by providing safe, secure, and humane custody of prisoners while placing Human Rights at the centre of their Correctional Programmes”.
During the course of the 4 days a number of issues were presented by the various accomplished personalities in the areas of corrections. The papers presented were;
i. Enhancing Access to justice across the Criminal justice System: the experience of JLOS by Joachim Bamwine (principal judge, Uganda)
ii. Pre-trail justice and overcrowding: impact of partnership with civil society in Africa by Clifford Msiska, Godfrey Malembeka(PRISSCA, Zambia) and Elinor Chemonges(Paralegal Advisory Services, Uganda)
iii. Health conditions in prisons: human rights condition in prison by Regina Ombam, Richardo Conti (ICRC, Uganda)
iv. Popularizing non-custodial and other conditional release measures by Lloyd H. Chilinduka (Zambia national Parole Board), Jerry Oloo (Kenya Probation Services and After Care) and Phineas Chitekuteku (Zimbabwe Prison services)
v. A holistic approach to rehabilitation of offenders, the South African Experience by James Smallberger (Department of Correctional Services)
vi. Community involvement I rehabilitation of offenders by Lesotho Correctional services
vii. Modernizing prison Infrastructure the African experience by John Nyoka
viii. Public private Partnerships (PPP) in developing prisons infrastructure by Dr Khulekani Sitole
ix. Trends and Phases of corrections in Africa by Dr Auhaji Maicibi (Director UNAFRI)
x. The Transformation Journey of the Namibian Correctional Service: Achievements and Challenges that remain by William Chirembe, Emma Nafuka, Mariana Martin (Namibian Correctional Service)
xi. International Perspectives on Parole: Lessons for Africa by Jeri Costa (former Chair Washington Parole Board)
xii. The relevance of evidence based practice among correctional professionals by Prof. Velile Notshulwana (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
xiii. The comprehensive Human Rights Capacity Building Programme for Kenya Prison Service by Kenya Prisons Service and Raoul Wallenberg Institute