Jailed protestors demand Nando's chicken

HARARE - Seventy protestors who were arrested in the capital last Friday have rejected prison food in favour of Nando's Chicken which the poorly-financed Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) says cannot afford, a Harare magistrate heard yesterday.

This was revealed during the bail hearing of the protestors in which their colleague collapsed in a suspected case of hunger.

Magistrate Tendai Mahwe was told the protestors had declined to eat the meals prepared by the ZPCS because they preferred the chicken grilled by the popular fast food outlet.

“Prisoners eat food at breakfast, they are fed before they come to court and their lunch is also brought to court,” prosecutor Michael Reza told the court.

“But yesterday I am advised that some of the accused persons refused to eat the food because they preferred a certain type of food.

“Your Worship, the type of food they asked for I don’t believe even ZPCS would be able to sustain that budget. Not many people have that type of food,” he said, to which magistrate Mahwe enquired what exactly that type of food was.

“Food from Nandos,” replied Reza, igniting laughter from the gallery who found it bizarre given that a Zimbabwe prisoners’ diet is a run of the mill sadza, vegetables and water.

The State insisted all prisoners who come to court receive meals from the ZPCS whose officers ironically prefer to cook their own food outside the Harare Magistrates’ Courts than eat the food provided for the inmates.

“Your Worship, I was downstairs yesterday and their lunch was there,” insisted Reza.

“I checked with prison officers and I was advised that it is a security measure that whenever someone in custody receives food the person who brings it has to taste first but that security measure is not here (at the courts) that’s why they were not being allowed to receive food from their relatives.”

Comments (2)

Nandos my foot. When you were protesting and throwing stones you should have thought about remand conditions. Please taste the fruits of your labour, you surely deserve it. Jeri rakaoma varume. Enjoy the hospitality. Icho!!

Marabini - 1 September 2016

in the mean time tables are slowly turning and looters, murderer's and criminals in this oppressive system must get ready to be shipped on the other side as their fruits are getting ripe.

X-MAN IV - 1 September 2016

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