September 28, 2017 / comments : 0
BY JAMES MUONWA
The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) will from next Friday until October 13 allow relatives and friends to visit inmates on a daily basis amid festivities to commemorate the 2017 Prisons Day.
ZPCS Mashonaland West provincial spokesperson, Assistant Correctional Officer, Peter Chaparanganda told this publication the prisons authorities had introduced the Prisons Day Family Week, which would see relaxation of conditions permitting visitors daily, for the whole day.
He said this was to exhibit the spirit of inclusivity and unity between the community and incarcerated inmates.
The Family Week, which will run from 6 to 13 October, will be a precursor to the 2017 Prisons Day provincial commemorations to be hosted at Chinhoyi Stadium on 14 October.
"Over the duration of the Prisons Day Family Week, relatives of inmates can visit their incarcerated loved ones and spend the whole day at prison as a family. They can bring food and other goodies so that they feast as a family while discussing pertinent issues that need to be tackled," he said.
Chaparanganda reiterated the Family Week was introduced to foster family ties despite that one is in custody.
He added, "This will also facilitate the reintegration of offenders back into society, not as newcomers to society but as citizens who were interacting with those outside the walls of prisons."
Festivities to mark the annual event would also include an all stakeholders' carnival to be held on 13 October. The colourful procession, he said, would start at from Mzimba Shopping Centre and proceed to Gadzema bus terminus.
Entertainment would be galore and logistics for the successful hosting of the event had been put in place, he assured.
"Some of the participants at the carnival include inmates, churches, school pupils, the prolific Salvation Army Brass Band, drum majorettes and the general public. There are a number of activities lined up for Prisons Day, which include performances by award-winning musician Leonard Zhakata, Pax Gomo, Prisons Band, Inmates Band and acrobatics. All logistics have been done," he said.
The Family Week will run at all six prison facilities in Mashonaland West province, which include Kadoma, Chinhoyi, Karoi, Hurungwe, Kariba and Banket. TOP NEWS
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