59 Inmates Escaped Zim Prisons In 2021

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By Paidashe Mandivengerei

THE Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) has revealed that a total of 59 inmates have escaped from prisons since the beginning of the year in a development that exposes serious loopholes in the facilities.

The figure marks an increase from the 48 jailbreak cases recorded in 2020.

In a number of cases the escapees are assisted by members of the ZPCS they would have bribed.

ZPCS Commissioner General Moses Chihobvu said officers needed to be more alert while on duty to avoid a further spike in prison break cases.

He said: “A total of 59 escapes have so far been recorded in 2021 as compared to 48 recorded over the same period in 2020.

“However, notwithstanding such escape incidents, the ZPCS continues to conscientise its staff on the need to be vigilant during the call of duty.”

Recently in October two prison wardens were arrested after they allegedly assisted a serial rapist, Sam Muropa, escape from Harare Remand Prison.

When Muropa was later rearrested, he implicated the duo, Ngonidzashe Munhuuripi and Simbarashe Machekera as the facilitators of his escape.