When giving her remarks at the handing over ceremony the UNDP Resident Representative, Ms Jacinta Barrins said that, “As UNDP we are delighted to provide personal protective equipment for all 23 Botswana Prisons, covering all 4,158 inmates and 2000 staff.” She commended the Botswana Prisons service for doing well in trying to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 in prisons because the task is a difficult one.
Jacinta added that, “As much as we make sure the rule of law is upheld, we must also make sure that all the rights of inmates are also upheld and that we leave no one behind”. She said that the work of the UN in many countries is to help Governments implement the 17 SDGs and targets. She reiterated that the UNDP is very pleased to work with the Botswana Prisons Service going forward in making sure that, “To the best of our ability all the rights that are afforded to the inmates are upheld” and when they leave the prison they can move back into society and live a normal life.
In the future UNDP will open opportunities on how to work together with Botswana Prisons Service to support both staff and the inmates.