Guard against donor reliance, Zimbabweans told

By Lisa Masuku

Outgoing Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Commissioner-General Paradzai Zimondi has urged Zimbabweans to work hard and desist from donor dependency.

Retired Major General Paradzai Zimondi is set for retirement on the 1st of November after over two decades of service in the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services.

Speaking this Thursday at Anju Prison farm in Mguza as he bade farewell to ZPCS staff, Commissioner General Zimondi called on Zimbabweans to adopt a culture of hard work.

“Let’s continue to work hard so that we can continue to sustain ourselves with food and not rely on donors. Let’s say no to donor syndrome. We should work hard for ourselves. Let’s have a culture of hard work so as to complement the government’s efforts.”

The Minister of State for Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Cde Richard Moyo described Commissioner-General Zimondi Zimondi as a dedicated cadre who served the country selflessly.

“You are one of the cadres who distinguished himself in serving the nation, a committed servant who is retiring after serving the institution since 1997. This is selflessness that gives us pride as a province to enjoy having worked with you.”

Officer Commanding Prisons and Correctional Services in Matabeleland North Province, Senior Assistant Commissioner Moddi Nkomo added her voice, saying the outgoing Commissioner General transformed the ZPCS in various ways.

“As I say farewell to outgoing CG I would like to acknowledge the key role he played in establishing farm projects and empowering women in the ZPCS.”

Major General Zimondi (Rtd) joined the Zimbabwe Prison Services as a Deputy Commissioner in 1997, and as he retires, the Deputy Commissioner General Moses Chihobvu will take over as the new ZPCS Commissioner-General.