Attempted prison break at Chikurubi

HARARE - There was an attempted escape by some inmates at Chikurubi Maximum Prison (Chikurubi) on Friday afternoon following a riot as prisoners allegedly protested over food and other issues.

While there are conflicting reports about the cause of the “riot” between food supplies and some prisoners attempting to take advantage of an operation to quell a huge fire at the eastern Harare facility, informed sources have confirmed to the Daily News that there was indeed an incident at the dreaded jail.

“There was an attempt to escape by some prisoners who had been complaining about food and all,” the insiders said, adding the “mutiny” was later contained and the situation at Chikurubi had normalised.

However, prison authorities, including Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services commissioner-general Paradzai Zimondi, were not immediately available for comment.

Although prison breaks have been very few in Zimbabwe, the most “famous” one involved notorious armed robbers Steven Chidhumo and Edgar Masendeke.

And over the years, there have been concerns about food and other welfare issues at many of Zimbabwe’s “correctional facilities”, with civic organisations raising the red flag about rights abuses, including access to health care, clothing and proper legal representation.

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