Cor­rec­tional got E505m of E2.5bn se­cu­rity forces chunk

Observer on Saturday - - News -

In Fe­bru­ary this year, gov­ern­ment al­lo­cated over E2.5Bn for the coun­try’s se­cu­rity forces be­ing the Um­butfo Swazi­land De­fence Force (USDF), Royal Swazi­land Po­lice Ser­vice (RSPS) and His Majesty’s Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices (HMCS).

In the last fi­nan­cial year, E2.3Bn had been al­lo­cated to this sec­tor.

Ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment book of es­ti­mates for the 2017/18 fi­nan­cial year, a to­tal of E1 191 650 000 was al­lo­cated to the min­istry of de­fence, E995 695 000 to the po­lice while a to­tal of E505 896 000 was chan­nelled to­wards the Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices.

The min­is­ter of fi­nance when shed­ding light on the al­lo­ca­tion noted that in line with the re­al­i­sa­tion that se­cu­rity is a vi­tal pre-con­di­tion for sta­bil­ity and eco­nomic growth in any na­tion, gov­ern­ment would con­tinue to sup­port the coun­try’s se­cu­rity forces.

“The bud­get al­lo­cated to the USDF will be used to strengthen our bor­der se­cu­rity and main­tain peace in the King­dom.

An ad­di­tional bud­get has been al­lo­cated to the Royal Swazi­land Po­lice to en­hance the de­liv­ery of ser­vices in ru­ral and peri-ur­ban ar­eas and im­prove emer­gency re­sponse and crowd man­age­ment ser­vices. The al­lo­ca­tion for Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices is to cater for the wel­fare and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of crim­i­nal of­fend­ers,” he said.

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