Rations for children with imprisoned mothers

HARARE - The government has gazetted diet for children in prisons.

The government has decreed that 0 to 6 month-old infants are  entitled to exclusive breastfeeding or exclusive formula feeding, while 6 to 24 month-old babies will receive 2 cups of animal milk on a daily basis, on top of other foodstuffs.

Six-59 months-old babies’ diet will include maize meal porridge, sadza, rice, pasta, samp, potatoes, sugar, milk, vegetables, fruits, meat (four times a week), beans and eggs.

Deputy minister of Justice Fortune Chasi told Parliament last week that Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services did not have a budget for children doing time with their mothers.

He also stated that the First Lady Grace Mugabe’s Mazowe

orphanage home had taken on board some of the children whose mothers were serving jail sentences.

“This is a matter of critical concern to the ministry in that it saddens us to see young children being kept in prisons, and so we are trying to work out open prison arrangements in Marondera to try to solve the issue,” Chasi said.


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