ZPCS fails to take re­mand prisoners to court

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda Se­nior Court Re­porter

THE Zim­babwe Pris­ons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices (ZPCS) yes­ter­day failed to de­liver re­mand prisoners to courts in Bu­l­awayo fol­low­ing a breakdown of its two trucks.

The fail­ure by ZPCS to bring prisoners to court forced mag­is­trates to post­pone their cases and the courts ended up deal­ing only with cases of sus­pects straight from po­lice cells and those on bail.

ZPCS pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer for Bu­l­awayo, Prin­ci­pal Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cer Garainashe Moyo, at­trib­uted the mishap to rou­tine ser­vic­ing of their trucks.

“We couldn’t bring in­mates to Tred­gold be­cause we were ser­vic­ing our trucks which we use to trans­port prisoners to court so that they are in sound con­di­tion. We had com­mu­ni­cated with the courts and they were aware of the is­sue, but how­ever, to­mor­row (to­day) we will bring in­mates to court,” he said.

Sources said ZPCS yes­ter­day had to ap­proach CMED for as­sis­tance to trans­port a mur­der sus­pect to the Bu­l­awayo High Court.

When Chron­i­cle vis­ited Tred­gold Build­ing yes­ter­day, all re­gional courts were not sit­ting for tri­als.

This was not the first time for ZPCS to fail to bring prisoners to court.

In Novem­ber 2014, ZPCS failed to bring prisoners to Bu­l­awayo courts for three con­sec­u­tive days due to a short­age of fuel, forc­ing courts to in­def­i­nitely post­pone some tri­als for sus­pects in re­mand pris­ons at Khami Prison Com­plex on the out­skirts of the city. — @ mash­nets

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