Whawha pris­on­ers moved af­ter hail de­struc­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Patrick Chi­tumba

THE Zim­babwe Prisons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices (ZPCS) has moved 500 in­mates at Whawha Max­i­mum Prison Com­plex into hold­ing cells at the same in­sti­tu­tion that were not af­fected by a hail­storm last week.

ZPCS pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer for Masvingo and the Mid­lands, Chief Prison Of­fi­cer, Jere Ruzive, said while the sit­u­a­tion was caus­ing over­crowd­ing in the cells, fran­tic ef­forts were be­ing made to ren­o­vate the af­fected cells be­fore mov­ing the af­fected pris­on­ers back.

The hail­storm left a trail of de­struc­tion last Thurs­day at the prison, ren­der­ing 500 in­mates and 150 fam­i­lies home­less.

The in­ci­dent also left a trail de­struc­tion at Thorn­hill Air Base.

Houses in sur­round­ing ar­eas were also de­stroyed amid in­di­ca­tions that peo­ple lost food and goods run­ning into thou­sands of dol­lars.

The chief prison of­fi­cer dis­missed re­ports of an out­break of ty­phoid at Whawha Max­i­mum Prison Com­plex say­ing they were now able to pump water af­ter elec­tric­ity was restored.

“We have moved the af­fected in­mates to other hold­ing cells. Elec­tric­ity was restored and the water sit­u­a­tion is back to nor­mal and there­fore any re­ports of an out­break of water borne dis­eases such as ty­phoid are ma­li­cious,” he said.

Veg­etable gar­dens at the prison that sus­tain 1 344 pris­on­ers were also de­stroyed.

About 500 in­mates slept in the open with drenched blan­kets on Thurs­day night while 150 fam­i­lies of the prison guards sought shel­ter in houses that were not af­fected by the hail storm. No pris­oner es­caped. Bro­ken trees, up­rooted power lines, de­bris which in­cluded bro­ken as­bestos sheets and pieces of bricks could be seen at the prison com­plex yes­ter­day. — @ pchi­tumba1. of

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