Govt plans to make Marondera Prison an open prison for females

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Appearing before the before the Women Affairs and Gender Committee chaired by Biata Nyamupinga to speak on the conditions of female prisons, Justice Ministry secretary, Virginia Mabhiza and Deputy Commissioner-General of Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services, Fadzai Mupfure said that there are 434 female inmates in Zimbabwe’s prisons out of 19 521 inmates.

Mabhiza said that Government is taking steps to address requirements for open prisons for females and the target is to make Marondera Prison an open prison for females. She highlighted that there are 10 pregnant inmates, seven of whom have been convicted and three are still on remand. Mabhiza also pointed out the inhumane conditions in the country’s prisons such as toilets inside prisons. She pointed out that inmates with disabilities are not covered well by prison infrastructure.

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Marondera formally Marandellas is located some 67 km from Harare and is the capital of Mashonaland East Province. The city is surrounded by commercial farms where the residents go for seasonal employment. As of 2013, the town has a popuation of an estimated 46 000.... Read More About Marondera

The Republic of Zimbabwe is a country located in the Southern Africa region. Its capital city is :Harare and the country has 10 provinces. Zimbabwe is 390,580 sq km and is bordered on all sides by other countries (Zambia in the north, South Africa in... Read More About Zimbabwe

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