Three Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service (ZPCS) officers in Bulawayo were recently arrested for allegedly helping a dangerous prisoner escape from prison.
Talent Bhekinhlanhla Ndlovu (21), Tatenda Madzivadondo (28) and Musawenkosi Sibanda (32) from Khami Prison Camp in Bulawayo are accused of facilitating Jabson Shonhe’s escape from prison in broad daylight.
Shonhe, who is serving 53 years in jail for armed robbery, was allegedly helped to walk out of prison by Sibanda.
Ndlovu, Madzivadondo and Sibanda appeared in court on Tuesday charged with assisting a prisoner escape from custody as defined in Section 185 (2) as read with section 198 (D) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform Act) Chapter 9:23.
The three are also accused of criminal abuse of office as defined in section 174 of the Criminal (Codification and Reform Act) Chapter 9:23.
The State alleges that the trio gave Shonhe, a class D prisoner, a cellphone to plan his escape and to arrange a getaway car with his friends on 19 February 2022, around 11 am.
Madzivadondo, the guard in charge of opening and locking up the gates for inmates and prison officers allegedly opened the gate while Sibanda walked Shonhe out of the prison.
The three ZPSC officers were denied bail and remanded in custody to 28 February by Western Commonage Court magistrate Shepherd Munjanja.
The State had argued that the trio was a flight risk, could interfere with witnesses if they were granted bail and investigations were not yet complete.