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The Prime Minister, Dr Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili promoted 112 Lesotho Correctional Service recruits to a rank of Correctional Officers following their pass-out from eleven months training at Correctional Staff Training School on Friday.

In his key note address, Dr Mosisili urged the newly promoted recruits to perform their duty as expected, saying they should respect the rights of the prisoners at all times.

He commended them for having shown patriotism by showing interest in becoming correctional members, urging them to keep and nourish the love and respect they had when joining the training so that they could serve prisoners selflessly without ill-treating them.

The Prime Minister further expressed his believe that prisoner did not intend to commit crimes, hence appealing to new correctional officers to perfectly guard, mentor and safely care for prisoners so that they can repent from their wrong doings.

Dr Mosisili said he believes they have indeed been trained spiritually and mentally so that they can treat all prisoners equally without bias.

In conclusion, Dr Mosisili urged the recruits to perform their duties with due respect and always take orders from their commanders.

At the same occasion, the Minister of Justice and Correction Services, Mr. Moeketse Malebo said the recruits are well trained and can now be trusted to perform their duties, adding that they should not ill-treat prisoners but guard them.

Mr. Malebo said Lesotho is their country, saying it is through recruits that justice can be performed in prisons if only they could guard prisoners selflessly. 

As part of the event, the Prime Minister presented awards to 6 recruits who performed well in Foot and Arm Drilling, Academic studies and Conduct among others.

According to Commandant Correctional Service Training School (CTST), Senior Assistant Commissioner Phaello Malataliana, 116 recruits began the training in June 2016 but on completion, they were less by 4, one due to health problems, 1 died in a car accident while two were dismissed due to unacceptable behavior.


Source: LENA 12/05/2015



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