WASHINGTON DC —
More than 100 prisoners have died in detention in Zimbabwe since January due to malnutrition related illnesses caused by food shortages and natural causes.
This was revealed by a senior Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services official Agrey Machingauta when he appeared before the Parliamentary Home Affairs Committee on Tuesday.
Machingauta, who is the prison services deputy director, and Justice Ministry permanent secretary Virginia Mabhiza, told the committee the country’s prisons, which cater for more than 18,000 people, are running out of food.
The committee also heard that 77 children are currently held in the country’s prisons.
The prison services department says it requires $1,2 million for operations but the department was allocated only $300,000 from Treasury in the last budget and is struggling to provide meals to prisoners.
Zimbabwe Association for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation director Chief Edson Chihota said that the situation in the country’s prisons is desperate.