Prisons commissioner benchmarks

Marathe PIC: BW GOV
Marathe PIC: BW GOV

FRANCISTOWN: The commissioner of Botswana Prisons Service (BPS), Dinah Marathe was recently in Namibia and Zimbabwe on a benchmarking exercise to find out how prisoners in Botswana can contribute meaningfully to the country’s food self-sufficiency needs, the defence ministry has disclosed.

This was revealed by the Minister of Defence, Justice and Security (MDJS), Kagiso Mmusi in a telephone interview with Mmegi on Wednesday. Mmusi told Mmegi that Marathe, the former deputy commissioner of Botswana Police Service (BPS) who also became the first female Commissioner of Prisons, has been out of the country on benchmarking expeditions to her prisons counterparts in the SADC region.

Mmusi said Marathe’s visits to Namibia and Zimbabwe were in line with President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s grand ambition of making Botswana to be self-sufficient in food production. Masisi recently toured Molepolole Prisons Farm where he stated that Botswana’s ambition to achieve food security, improve nutrition and create employment opportunities for the youth and the general population both inside prison custody and outside. “If you recall, we want to increase farming activities in Botswana in order to be self-sufficient in food production.

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