ZPCS teaches inmates to assemble motorcycles

By ZBC Reporter

Corporates, religious and non-governmental organisations have been urged to partner government and its arms in efforts to improve the living standards of prison inmates.

The ZPCS is implementing the correctional industries project to equip inmates with engineering skills, while also ensuring productivity behind the prison walls.

As the project takes shape following its commissioning recently, the ZPCS is also battling the fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19, hence calls for support towards its programmes.

A local businessman has partnered the ZPCS in the correctional industries project to ensure a better prison environment.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Virginia Mabhiza thanked the businessman for the support when she received a donation of consumables at Khami Prison in Bulawayo recently, calling for more partners to come on board.

“Both government and the ZPCS remain appreciative of such levels of benevolence especially when being targetted to the disadvantaged groups within our society that include inmates. We urge other business corporates, NGOs and individual persons to come forward and play their part in supporting ZPCS programmes.”

The Businessman, Mr Pereirra Gellos pledged to take the correctional industries project to other prisons across the country.

“We are going to teach inmates here in Bulawayo how to assemble motorcycles.”

The correctional industries project will see inmates being capacitated with skills to assemble and service motorcycles, in a development set to benefit inmates, the ZPCS and the economy at large.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service has begun the Annual Prison Family week at Mt Darwin Prison, this time going digital as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions.

The COVID-19 pandemic appears to have robbed inmates of their only chance to interact and bond with family members during the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service family week calendar.

The ZBC News crew visited Mt Darwin Prison this Tuesday where inmates spoke about life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite restrictions invited by the pandemic, prison authorities say they have devised mechanisms to cater for inmates’ welfare.

“We have a prison farm and canteen here with numbers where the families sent their contributions that assist the inmates. As you have seen some are keeping goats and some roadrunners which will help them.”

Mt Darwin Prison Officer in Charge, Chief Correctional Officer Wesley Mungate said this year’s unique family week should be used as a time to reflect on the positive strides the ZPCS and other stakeholders have made in rehabilitating inmates.

“The family week aims to bridge the gap between family, the community where they come from and the inmates and despite the challenges that come with being incarcerated we urge society to have a forgiving heart and warm up to them.”

Part of the proceedings on this day included non-contact sport while others took the chance to make their musical prowess known.