NYANZA - 139 inmates at Mpanga Prison in Nyanza District, Southern Province, are set to graduate in various biblical courses as a means of promoting peace, unity and reconciliation in the country.
The training which started in May last year was carried out by Prisons Fellowship Rwanda in partnership with the National Prisons Services (NPS).
In an interview with The New Times yesterday, the Commissioner General of Prisons, Mary Gahonzire, thanked the fellowship for organising the course.
“The training is something that complements our several fundamental prison management activities,” Gahonzire said.
“NPS supports religions of all denominations to carry out their work within prisons because in so doing, they are reinforcing our correctional strategies”.
Pastor Parfait Karekezi from the Prison Fellowship, said that the trainees were taught how to love one another and change their mindset towards general behaviour in society.
“I congratulate the inmates at Mpanga Prison who have completed this course and I believe that they have been re-energised and will be ready to spread the lord’s word,” Karekezi said.
He added that the bible studies will help the inmates concede their sins to society and be repentant.
The Pastor encouraged the trainees to become God’s messengers during their time in after theri release from prison and speak the truth about what happened during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.