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.

ZPCS strives for excellence

Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) will continue to upgrade and align its skills to meet regional and international standards through training, a senior official has said.

Speaking during a graduation ceremony of 31 students who completed a six-month management, leadership and development course in correctional services at Chikurubi Training School yesterday, ZPCS Commissioner-General Retired Major- General Paradzai Zimondi said they had achieved international standards on prisons and correctional services.

Commissioner General’s games

THE  Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Commissioner General’s Sports Gala gets underway at Ntabazinduna Training School today with six administrative regions taking part in eight sporting disciplines.

Being held under the theme “Correctional Development Through Sports”, the gala will be officially opened by Commissioner Wonder Chisora and officially closed on Saturday by Commissioner-General Paradzai Zimondi, a keen golfer.

This year’s gala, according to principal correctional officer Garainashe Moyo, will have Ntabazinduna Training Depot standing as a region in addition to Matabeleland, Mashonaland, Manicaland, Midlands/Masvingo and National Headquarters.

The officers will compete in soccer, netball, darts, chess, pool, volleyball, tennis, tug of war and golf.“The gala provides a platform for us to select a team that will represent Zimbabwe at the Sadc Games later this year,” said Moyo.

This year’s games are also set to be used to select teams to represent the prisons and correctional services at the Zimbabwe National Youth Games that get underway in Hwange in two weeks’ time.

The Commissioner General Sports Gala started in 2002 and each region has had the opportunity to host the event.

Sulumani Chimbetu appointed ZPCS Brand Ambassador

POPULAR musician and son of the late Dendera music icon  Sulumani Chimbetu who now leads the Orchestra Dendera Kings has been officially unveiled as the Brand Ambassador of the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service (ZPCS). Read more

Commissioner General’s Goodwill Golf Tournament

All roads lead to Masvingo Golf Club this Saturday where the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Masvingo province has organised a golf tournament in support of the Commissioner General’s Good Will Trust Fund.
The tournament will be graced by ZPCS Commissioner General Rtd Mjr Gen Paradzai W. Zimondi who will be a player as well as the Guest of Honour, and ZPCS Deputy Commissioner General MCN Chihobvu who will also be a player.
In an interview, ZPCS Masvingo Provincial Commander Acting Ass Com Social Ndanga said they were pleased with the response of stakeholders.

“We are happy with the support given to our efforts to contribute to the Commissioner General Good Will Trust Fund as part of our collective social responsibility programme. We would like to thank all staking keholders who are supporting us; corporate partners, churches, individuals and members of ZPCS who are all contributing in one way or the other,” said Acting Ass Com Ndanga.

Organisations that are supporting the event include Bikita Minerals, Nyaradzo, Regency Hotels, EMRAS, FBC Bank, FMC and Doves.
The trust fund dates back to 2011 when realisations were made regarding the gaps in the charitable needs of vulnerable groups. The fund has so far paid school fees for around 345 orphans and has assisted 110 widows with agricultural inputs.In addition, child-headed families are being given food hampers courtesy of the fund while the Albino Association has also received donations in the form of sunscreen lotions.

ZPCS Masvingo golf club captain Assistant Principal Correctional Officer (APCO) Tapiwa Madhara encouraged members of the public to come and enjoy the activities of the day.”It will not be all about golf, there are many activities lined up for everybody including a performance by the ZPCS brass band. Everybody is welcome to enjoy themselves.
The call was echoed by ZPCS Masvingo Public relations/Marketing Officer, Correctional Officer Grade 1 (CO1) Nevson Tagarira.
“The band will be belting out sweet melodies. We encourage people to some in their numbers and enjoy our hospitality while supporting the Commissioner Good Will Trust Fund,” said CO1 Tagarira.sport

ZPCS urges the public to be aware of criminals

THE Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services has urged the public to be aware of criminals who are going around soliciting for donations using the institutions name.

Following the message which has been circulating on social media stating that the Chikurubi Prison has been asking for donations in form of  an attached list of basic commodities.

The Chief Correctional Officer, Simon Kaondo said “any form of communication we wish to make to the public is carried out through public department or commissioner general hence people should be-careful of those who scheme in order to obtain commodities from them in the name of the institution.”

Kaondo dismissed the circulating message as a scheme.