Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter
Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, permanent secretary Virginia Mabhiza hailed Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services for equipping inmates with skills expected to help them upon release.
She commended ZPCS after touring prison workshop and factory where she witnessed inmates sewing judiciary gowns, face masks and assembling motor bikes at Harare Central Prison after receiving a consignment of 9600 washing soap bars from Redan Coupon on Friday.
“I would like to convey the message to the general public that the ZPCS are a real center of rehabilitation and reintegration,” said Mabhiza.
“Most of the inmates came from various communities with no skills at all but they are making face masks, uniforms and even judiciary gowns.
“I was also pleased with ZPCS workshop where inmates are assembling motor bikes from scratch and coming up with a finalized product.
“We are complying with the constitution of Zimbabwe by rehabilitating and reintegrating offenders,” she said.
Mabhiza said ZPCS has engaged traditional leaders, churches and captains of industries for a continuous rehabilitation from the time they are released from prison.
“We encourage society to accept released inmates because when they are in prison they are monitored and as they go out they are also checked upon if they are integrating well,” said Mabhiza.
“We encourage society to accept them and not to stigmatise them since it is a continuous process we continue to do that and it’s a pity if we come across some who are likely to reoffend and come again.
“We believe with the quality of training they are getting here the reintegration processes they may not see it necessary to come here again but also become active and useful members of communities.
“Crime does not pay so I encourage released inmates to be a law abiding citizen and work for their families.
“I would like to urge traditional leaders, churches and other local leaders in society engaged by ZPCS to continuously monitor released inmates, accept them and work with them for the good of the communities,” said Mabhiza.
Redan Coupon general manager Champion Chiwara handed over the donation and ZPCS Commissioner General Paradzayi Zimondi and senior prison officers graced the occasion.