Female Prison Inmates Demand ‘Private Time’ With Visiting Husbands


Inmates of Zimbabwe’s Chikurubi Female prison have appealed to the government to allow them have private moments with their husbands during visits.

The inmates made the request during a graduation ceremony at the prisons reports iHarare.

Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Service, spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Elizabeth Banda said the institution is making every effort to address inmates concerns that includes having more time to meet their relatives.

“We are aware that inmates have demands and some of the demands are to have time with their relatives,” said Ass-Comm Banda.

“We have started a family programme where we allow inmates to meet their relatives and families the whole day for a week.

“Those who want to have more time with their families are going to have that chance in August and we urge people to visit prisoners to quench their thirst to meet them.

“We are not yet allowing luxury time to those with extra demands like conjugal rights since we have to deal with serious issues that address their major problems.

“To those who want luxury they must make sure they do not commit crimes,” said Ass-Comm Banda.

Meanwhile, one of the inmates, who was graduating asked for a kiss from officials.

Officials including the guest of honour, Senior Assistant Commissioner Nobert Chomurenga did not accept the request from Esther Katandawa.

“No no no please!”

Snr Ass-Comm Chomurenga and provincial official in the ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Mr Chimboza were heard saying as Esther advanced to them holding them firmly by their waist.

The incident left other inmates and guests in stitches.


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