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RDAA Launches Prison Construction Project in Mundri County of Western Equatoria State, South Sudan

On 11th January 2021 RDAA jointly with UNMISS launched another quick impact project; which entailed the construction of four prison cells and latrine blocks at the prison in Mundri West, Western Equatoria State which will be completed within a period of six months. Present at the launch were the UNMISS team, RDAA officials and the Mundri County local authorities. The launch began with a visit to the acting Mundri County director.

The UNMISS human right team and RDAAs programs manager introducing the project to the acting County director of Mundri County.

This project is the result of the consultation that UNMISS Human Right Departments (HRD) had with the community and the local authority in Mundri West, Western Equatoria State and RDAA. The construction of the said prison cells and latrine blocks at the prison will be carried by RDAA who will intern engage the community and the local authority in the implementation of this project to ensure a successful completion of the project.

Speaking at the launch the Mundri RRC wondered why UNMISS only favours RDAA to carry out this and other such projects in the County when they also have their engineers on the ground.

Mundri County RRC giving his remarks during the Prison project Launch looking on is the RDAA staff interpreting RRCs speech from Arabic to English with the UNMISS publication team taking pictures and recoding videos.

Responding to the RRC the UNMISS representative argued that they chose RDAA over other engineers because RDAA is a humanitarian and non-profit making organization with a common objective of serving the most vulnerable and the neediest of society. Therefore, RDAA unlike the local engineers is not interested in making profit from the projects; further more RDAA has been tested and found capable of meeting strict deadlines and as such, no project entrusted to them has ever stalled. 

The UNMISS representative giving his remarks during the Prison project Launch looking on is the RDAA staff interpreting his speech from English to Arabic.

The objective of this project is to provide custody space in support of the goal of ensuring accountability and rule of law and to supporting South Sudan Prison service and the judiciary in their effort to comply with human rights standards in upholding accountability in the justice sector.

UNMISS representative and the Prisons Commander breaking the ground during the prison project Launch in Mundri

Therefore, upon the completion of the construction, Mundri County will have a detention centre for people committing crimes, separate cells for men and women.

After the completion of this project, there will be a ceremony to hand over the new prison blocks to the authority of Western Equatoria State and South Sudan Prison Services.

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