Thursday, April 2, 2020

Confusion in Kondengui after 11 prison guards Quarantined

The detainees expressed their concerns after the quarantine of certain guards at Mbanga prison.

According to prison officials, the 11 guards will return to work on April 13, after about 14 days at home. 

Expressing their fear, detainees at Kondengui prison in Yaoundé say that a potential transmission of the virus to the prison guards and other detainees will be disastrous. 

A few days ago, an international human rights group, Human Rights Watch, called for better conditions for detainees. Quoting the Yaoundé central prison, he indicates that the establishment "currently holds around 5,000 people - 5 times its capacity - the majority of whom are in pre-trial detention". 

"The other prisons are no better. The prison in Maroua, in the Far North region, was built for 350 people but currently holds more than 1,470, 70% of which are awaiting trial. Buea central prison, in the troubled South West region, was built for 700 people, but currently holds more than 2,000 - still with the majority in pre-trial detention, "he added. 

The government has remained silent ever since, although some detainees said that

one of their people had contracted the virus.

Source: Méfo