Inmate who escaped from Khami Prison arrested

By Peter Chivhima

NOTORIOUS criminal, Jabson Shonhe, who escaped from Khami Prison at the weekend, has been re-arrested, with the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services(ZPCS) having put its foot down in reversing the tide that has seen about seven inmates escaping this year.

The 39-year-old D-class inmate, who was serving a 52-year prison sentence, escaped from Bulawayo’s Khami Maximum Prison around lunchtime on Saturday and was re-arrested a few hours later in the Bulawayo central business district.

Shonhe was sentenced to 52 years behind bars in 2019 after being convicted of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms.

The crimes were committed in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

ZPCS spokesperson Superintendent Mayor Khayezi says investigations are underway in the wake of revelations that the escape was allegedly orchestrated by prison officers.

“I can confirm that there is a dangerous prisoner who escaped at Khami Prison on Saturday. There is a suspicion that he was assisted by our prison officers but we are carrying out our investigations and if we find out that surely they have a hand in this as ZPCS we are going to weed out the corrupt elements from the system,” he said.

Seven inmates have escaped from the country’s prisons since the beginning of the year, with the ZPCS managing to re-arrest all of them.