By Zvikomborero Machirori
Prison Commissioners from neighbouring Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini have hailed Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) various programmes
Speaking to journalists after touring at Chikurubi Maximum Prison Harare Central Prison ZPCS Commissioner General Moses Chihobvu the said that purpose of this visits by the foreign Correctional Services heads is was exchange notes.
“This is why we have the three countries Eswatini, Namibia and Mozambique again coming to benchmark with us.
“This visit to us is very important as an organization because we are also now aware that our friends from our neighbouring countries are seeing the progress that we are doing in terms of production” said Commissioner Chihobvu.
Commissioner Chihobvu also said that they are planning on exchange programs with these visiting countries.
“The exchange program yes we are planning and we must first of all sign MOUs with different countries.
“We have got an MOU with Zambia and Bostwana very soon we are going to sign the MOU and Mozambique they have indicated that they are going to sign and Namibia according to the visiting Commissioner General he said next year we are going to sign an MOU.
“This will then enable us to have exchange programs with our neighbouring countries” he said
Raphael Tuhafenu Hamunyeka the Commissioner General of the Namibian Correctional Services said he was impressed and learnt a lot during his visit to Zimbabwe’s prisons.
“My overall impression about the tour is marvellous, is great and am excited and am happy with myself that I managed to come to learn where people are” said Commissioner Hamunyeka.
Commissioner Hamunyeka also said that the key takeaways that he will take to his country are countless and that on the issue of production they are start fish farming, cattle breeding and poultry.
“On the area of production, I also learnt a lot we have agreed maybe when we reach home, we are going to start with the fish pond to produce fish ourselves because we buy fish.
“We were at a farm where there are cattle, different good breeds of cattle, we learnt the importance of cross breeding which is very important to fight diseases and produce enough meat.
“Looking on the issue to starting to produce our chicken so that we can feed in mates with chicken and eggs” he said.
Deputy Commissioner of Eswatini Vusi Kunene said that they have come here to benchmark and that he is happy with different vocational skills and training that Zimbabwe is giving to inmates.
“We have come here to benchmark, there is no other place to benchmark than Zimbabwe
“We have seen how the Commissioner General is passionate about empowering inmates, he is not only empowering them with skills but he is giving them National recognizing certificate which they can use anywhere in the SADC region or anywhere in the world.
“Am also happy that the different vocational skills and training his giving to the inmates be it Agriculture, be it Fish farming, animal husbandry he is doing it in a very high professional manner, he is commercializing everything” said deputy Commissioner Kunene.
Chief Superintend Director of Mozambique Fernando Sumana also said that what they have seen in Zimbabwe is fantastic and that they are satisfied with what they have seen.
“We toured the college, the female prison, the farm prison and the maximum prison and what we saw is fantastic and what the Prisons correctional services is doing is good.
“We very satisfied, we are happy and we would like to underline it that our relationships between the services are good and we are here to learn and we still learning and when we go back to our country we going implement some of the things that we have learnt here” said Chief Superintend Sumana