MDC national chairperson Thabitha Khumalo was on Saturday blocked from visiting party members imprisoned at Mlondolozi Women Prison in Bulawayo by the prison officers.
Relatives of the incarcerated who accompanied Khumalo had brought sanitary pads and other foodstuffs to the inmates.
Speaking to NewZimbabwe.com, Khumalo said:
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On Saturday we visited our comrades at Mlondolozi with the intention of giving them pads and foods since the institution are failing to provide standard meals and pads to inmates.
Prison guards there told us that we were not allowed to visit the inmates because they are not our relatives.
When I pointed out to them that among us there were relatives of the incarcerated, they said the relatives were supposed to come alone without the company of party officials.
… What ZPCS is doing in unfair and inhumane.
These people have not been convicted and they have the right to proper food and sanitary ware. Even if they are convicted, they still enjoy these basic rights.
Several MDC activists are languishing in remand prison after being arrested for allegedly taking part in January protests.