By Elizabeth Nyaguyo
Fifteen Chikurubi Maximum Prison inmates together with the three prison officers Tuesday graduated at Chikurubi Dam View after completing a courses in Nursery, Seedling and Orchard Management and Production course.
These inmates are were ten males from the Chikurubi Maximum Prison, five female inmates from the Chikurubi Female Prison and three were the officers.
Different stakeholders graced the event and these include TelOne, Friend of the Environment (FOTE) and Environmental Management Agency among others.
Speaking during the event, TelOne Managing Director Engineer Lawrence Nkala said that the most important thing that there is gender balance among the inmates who graduated.
“Allow me to excess hearty congratulations to the 15 inmates and three officers who are graduating here today.
“It is pleasing to note the effort to have a gender balance in the participants for inmates as well as officers,” he said.
He added that, for this graduation ceremony to be a success it was because of some partners who partnered with the Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services (ZPCS) in giving a helping hand in everything.
“Allow me therefore to express our deepest appreciation to Friend of the Environment (FOTE) who are a member of the Nyaradzo Group for making this programme possible as our technical partners.
“Through our partnership with FOTE the training was delivered at no training cost with TelOne only covering cost of materials and project consumables, making it a sustainable endeavor.
“It is indeed pleasing that this programme is a culmination of the TelOne ZPCS partnership that was birthed in 2016 with a donation of a few hundred tree seedlings for the establishment of an orchard here at Chikurubi farm,which has now evolved to see the establishment of a fully-fledged nursery and training programme,” said Nkala.
Nkala went on to congratulate and gave inmates a word of advice that they should make sure they utilize the skills they are getting in prison outside so as to sustain their lives.
“To the graduating inmates and their families, once again hearty congratulations, this is an opportunity that you should cherish and please put the skills to good use as this has the potential to financially empower you as you try your footing when you are back in the community,” added Nkala