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    Gweru Air Commodore visits prisoners


    LETHUMUSA MABHENA

    GWERU – Gweru Air Force base commander, Air Commodore Marcelino Jaya was the guest of honour at a function held on Friday to celebrate the family week.
    The function took place at The Josiah Tungamirai Air Force Satellite Prison for the week that started on Monday 19 August 2019 and ended on Friday.
    The Satellite Prison is for inmates transferred from Hwahwa Maximum Prison and are ready to finish their terms behind bars.
    Jaya applauded the event as a tool for rehabilitating prisoners and preparing to rejoin society. There are 64 inmates at the prison. He urged the organizers to hold the event more frequently.
    Jaya was accompanied to the event by Jere Ruzive from Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS). The two delegates had with them prison officers, Zimbabwe Defence Forces senior officers and some officers from the Air force.
    The event was like a Christmas to the inmates as they were treated to a luncheon with the base commander.
    “It is a great time because we interact with the boys, chat and laugh together. We must work together with the Government and ZPCS to make sure that the boys are ready for the society when they are released,” said Jaya
    The inmates thanked the prison staff and Jaya for organizing the event.
    ZPCS Midlands spokesperson Jere Ruzive said inmates must be ready for the community when they are released from custody.
    “We recognize our inmates are from the society and the family week is there to enhance family ties as we prepare the re-integration of the inmates upon release. We slaughtered beasts for the inmates who did not have visitors at Whawha,” said Ruzive.
    Brian ‘Bright’ Shava, an inmate who was detained for rape and sentenced to six years in 2014 said the rehabilitation they are going through is a great gift that has changed their lives.
    “The rehabilitation is priceless. We have been equipped with skills and knowledge to transform our lives when we leave prison. This family day is a great opportunity for us to interact with our families and friends as well as get feedback on what’s happening out there.
    “I am from Mberengwa. When I go out of here I will use the skills I acquired to develop the same community that I wronged,” said Shava.
    #Masvingo Mirror#
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