Zimbabwe will send some prisoners officers for training in Mozambique, in an exchange programme, that will see the country borrow best practices from its eastern neighbour.
This was said by Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi on Thursday during a courtesy call by a delegation from the National Penitentiary Services of Mozambique.
Ziyambi said Zimbabwe and Mozambique will jointly work on ways to improve the welfare of prisoners in line with international standards. Said Ziyambi:
We are going to send our officers to be trained in Mozambique and Mozambique will send their officers to be trained here in Zimbabwe.
We are having this programme with Mozambique so that they can exchange notes and see if they can borrow best practices, and implementations, within our system and vice versa.
We believe that this is a good thing, they have already started hitting the ground to familiarise themselves with our system.
Ziyambi also revealed that the Government is in the process of amending the Prisons Act so that it is in sync with the Constitution.
The director of National Penitentiary Services of Mozambique, General Antonio Augusto, said he was impressed by projects being undertaken by Zimbabwe’s prisoners.