One prisoner died on the spot and another died as 3 prisoners yesterday staged a daring escape as they were being driven to WhaWha Prison on the outskirts of Gweru.
The third escaped after reportedly beating up two prison officers escorting them before they jumped off a moving truck. The three were all D class prisoners, meaning they were considered extremely dangerous. They were each serving 30 years, one for murder and the other two for armed robbery.
The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) confirmed the incident which occurred around 1AM along the Mvuma-Gweru highway, near Lalapansi. ZPCS national spokesperson, Chief Correctional Officer Simon Kawondo said:
We have information to the effect that some inmates on their way to WhaWha, connived and overpowered our officers before they tried to escape by jumping off a moving truck resulting in a fatality. I don’t have full facts at the moment since I am not at work but if you can send your questions to our e-mail, I will be able to give you full details by tomorrow (today).