14 September 2018
Convicts at Guruve prison have helped improve their jail facilities through hard work by building structures on the premises.
The prison, which was formerly a farm corner store, does not have enough structures to accommodate all the prisoners.
Daniel Madhura, through rehabilitation in jail has learnt how to make bricks and building structures something he had no idea how to do before he was incarcerated.
“I am now a gardener and I have learnt how to make bricks and actually build something from start to finish.
“If you look around you will notice we don’t have enough structures, but I am one of the people who helped improve this place through working hard.
“When you are out there sometimes you think life has nothing for you and you end up committing crimes but honestly I have actually learnt how to use my hands the right way to do something productive.
“We built those two structures there and in so doing I have had ideas of what I am going to put my energy on when I get released from prison.
“I don’t really want to be making bricks but I want to be a builder. It’s lucrative, kana uri munhu ane musoro unootona kuti you can raise capital through building then start a small business on the side,” he said.
The 21-year-old went on to say that he is too young for marriage and this experience was a good enough lesson that will change his life for the better.
“I am not going to rush into marriage. I’m only 21 and if I get the chance I would love to go back to school.
“I was not so much of a dull student. I wrote 5 O’ Level subjects and I passed four and only failed math.
“When we sit down in our cells and converse, I have noticed there are certain people who are not supposed to be here.
“They have knowledge, some have reformed and as a clever young person I have taught myself to listen to what they say. Some of the knowledge I will live with it.
“Good behaviour and treating others with respect is important in a young person’s life. I hope the young ones out there know that.
“Even though there are lessons learnt, prison is not a good place to start off with,” he said.