ZPCS Commissions Staff Quarters and Receives Agricultural Equipment

In line with modernizing and capacitating the country’s agricultural sector and fulfilling the vision of attaining a “Prosperous future and empowered middle income society by year 2030”, the Government handed over twenty 80 horsepower tractors, three 220 horsepower combine harvesters and ten 8 row Seed-drill planters to the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service.

At the same occasion nine blocks of five-roomed houses which have been completed and are ready for occupation were officially opened, a further 32 low-cost housing units are at various stages of construction and are almost complete.

The occasion was attended by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Honourable Ziyambi Ziyambi, Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube as well as the Deputy Minister of Housing and Social Amenities Honourable Yeukai Simbanegavi.

President donates bus to ZPCS

His Excellency, President E. D. Mnangagwa, hands over a bus to the Commissioner General (CG) of the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service, Moses Cyril Ngawaite Chihobvu, at a colourful ceremony held at State House.

The kind gesture from the Head of State and Government is meant to alleviate transport challenges faced by correctional officers to and from work and other errands such as travelling on duty for sporting events and other activities.

ZPCS establishes Open Prison for Females

First Lady and Patron of the Zimbabwe Female Open Prison Trust, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa officially opened Marondera Female Open Prison on 2 June 2021 in Marondera. The facility becomes the first of its kind not only in Zimbabwe but Africa as a whole. Inmates at the Open Prison will have the liberty to put on their own clothing, prepare their own food and pursue academic and professional education. Inmates will also be given time to visit their families through a home leave facility.

Honourable Ncube tours correctional industries and manufacturing

Minister of Finance and Economic Development Professor Mthuli Ncube toured a motorcycle assembling facility, a joint venture between ZPCS and Angelo Pereira’s Gellos Motorcycles at Harare Central Prison Workshops where he pledged government support to beef up the skills development and income-generating projects.

The project is capable of assembling ten durable, user-friendly, semi-off-road motorbikes per day with a consumption of one litre for every 60 kilometers and a tank capacity of 2.1 litres. The joint-venture will see trainee inmates and officers going for trade test and receiving certificates of competency from the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology upon successful completion of the training program

First Lady encourages inmates to consume traditional food

The First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa took her Cookout Traditional Meal Competition to Marondera Female Open Prison where she encouraged inmates to consume traditional foodstuffs as part of the prison diet as it is nutritious, affordable and fends off diseases.

Amai Mnangagwa who is also the Patron of the Female Open Prison Foundation expressed optimism that after the competition the inmates would venture into different rehabilitation activities that would promote traditional foods  like mufushwa wenyemba, muboora, mudzvurwa,and traditional practices such as kukuya dovi using our traditional equipment like duri and guyo.

Mothers accompanied by babies in prison were encouraged to prepare African traditional porridge for their babies as in favour of some instant porridges. 

ZPCS LAUNCHES PEACE EDUCATION FOR INMATES AND OFFICERS

THE Acting Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Honorable Kazembe Kazembe launched the Peace Education Programme at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison on 12 February 2021.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Kazembe said “Our hope for implementing this programme is that at the end participants will live in a peaceful and healthy environment where both officers and inmates live in harmony and will be empowered to deal with the inner self challenges”.

Addressing the same gathering, ZPCS Commissioner General Moses Chihobvu said “Peace education has been identified and shall be offered as a Psycho-Social programme that seeks to have both the inmate and officer participate in building up personal peace that will lead to societal harmony”.  

Peace education is the process of acquiring the values, knowledge and developing attitudes, skills and behaviours to live in harmony with oneself, with others, and with the natural environment.

President of the Chief’s Council Chief Fortune Charumbira Addresses delegates during the ZPCS and Chief’s Council interface.

Commissioner General of ZPCS Paradzai W. Zimondi and his deputies with President of the Chief’s Council, Chief Fortune Charumbira and the deputy president of the Chief’s Council Chief Mtshane Kuhumalo at the inaugural meeting to engage traditional leaders in the offender rehabilitation process.

The engagement process will see chiefs throughout the country taking part in the rehabilitation and re-integration of inmates from correctional institutions within their jurisdiction.

NEW DEPUTY COMMISSIONER GENERAL FOR ZPCS

His Excellency, the President and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, comrade Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has promoted Senior Assistant Commissioner (SAC)Shepherd Mpofu to the rank of Deputy Commissioner General (DCG).Before his latest promotion, DCG Mpofu, was the Officer Commanding of Matabeleland South Province. He joined the ZPCS in 1996 and rose through the ranks to his current position. DCG Mpofu was born on 12 June 1973 in Bulawayo. He attended Mbizo and Emakhandeni Primary Schools before proceeding to Emakhandeni Secondary School. He holds a bachelor of Business Administration (Management) from Solusi University.

CORRECTIONAL QUEENS LIVERPOOL BOUND

ZPCS netball club Correctional Queens continues to dominate the netball landscape nationally and after successfully defending their crown last year the club has contributed four players to the national netball team which is due to participate in the Vitality Netball World Cup to be played in Liverpool, England from July 12 to 21this year. The Correctional Queen’s physiotherapist and fitness trainer are also part of the national team.

MATABELELAND NORTH EMBARKS ON KAPENTA PROJECT

In an effort to complement treasury in taking care of inmates’ dietary requirements, the ZPCS Matabeleland North Province has embarked on a kapenta fishing project. The fishing boat is captained by a former inmate whilst the rest of the crew are correctional officers. Boat captain Mapulani Ngwenya said on average they catch between 45 to 60 kilogrammes of kapenta per day.