Botswana: Mindset Change is meant to foster, nurture and instil beliefs and attitudes that will encourage the Prison Service to act more efficiently and productively.
Addressing Selibe Phikwe and BainesDrift Officers yesterday, Commissioner Dinah Marathe has implored Officers to espouse a mindset shift and approach all the activities and processes with an entrepreneurial attitude.
She urged the Officers to keep in alignment with the Mindset Change Campaign “A re chencheng”, which was recently launched by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Botswana, Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi. She said the Prison Service has been doing quite well in this regard, as evidenced by a series of mindset training sessions across all ranks.
The Commissioner commended the Officers for their invaluable contributions in making sure that the first ever, historic National Reintegration Conference was a success. She said it is time to package all the resolutions from the conference and implement them as a matter of urgency.
“𝙇𝙚𝙩 𝙪𝙨 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙠𝙚𝙚𝙥 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙤𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙮, 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙪𝙥 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙗𝙧𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙖𝙨, 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙠 𝙩𝙤𝙜𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙪𝙞𝙡𝙙 𝙖 𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙞𝙜𝙝 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙋𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙣 𝙎𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙨”, she advised.
In an effort to intensify security, Commissioner Marathe indicated that the Service will continuously review the processes so that ‘we remain relevant to the mandate’. She said all the initiatives being implemented will assist in improving the level of security in the prison facilities to match the dynamic criminal landscape.
She, therefore, urged Officers to adhere to security standards at all times to ensure that incidents of intrusion of prohibited articles and escapes do not occur.
She appealed to the Officers to read and familiarise themselves with all the policies and strategic documents, particularly the Reintegration Strategy Commissioner’s Roadmap.
She reiterated that well-informed Officers are always assertive, confident, highly disciplined, and physically and mentally fit. All these qualities, she said, are critical in building a well rounded and productive officer.
The Commissioner also apprised Officers about the newly introduced Welfare Scheme and projects, particularly those to be implemented in the two-year Transitional National Development Plan.
‘𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙋𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙣 𝙎𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙨 𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖 𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙞𝙜𝙝 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚, 𝙝𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙄 𝙪𝙧𝙜𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙤𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙤 𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙙𝙤 𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙧 𝙤𝙛𝙛 𝙙𝙪𝙩𝙮 𝙢𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙨𝙪𝙘𝙝. 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙖𝙢𝙗𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙖𝙙𝙤𝙧𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙧𝙚𝙛𝙡𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝙤𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙘𝙤𝙙𝙚, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙖𝙡𝙠 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙙𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚. 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙫𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙛𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝘽𝙤𝙩𝙨𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙖 𝙙𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙡𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙙𝙚’ – Commissioner Marathe.