Churches rally behind prisoners

Local churches here have rallied behind prisoners as part of Prisons Day commemorations.

Members of mainstream churches like Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist and Apostolic Faith Mission thronged Chinhoyi Stadium to mark the occasion, under the theme: “The story behind the walls.”

The participants sang solidarity songs during a march through the town, much to the comfort of those incarcerated. Prisoners who spoke to The Zimbabwean said the donor community and humanitarian assistance agents should visit the prisons to see what squalid conditions they were forced to endure.

“We appreciate the assistance that we are getting from concerned groups at this time. However, this support should not end here. They should come and see how we survive,” said one prisoner.

Phanuel Chakaza, the Principal Prison Officer, encouraged concerned bodies to visit the inmates and offer any assistance they could.

“We are free to accept anyone concerned about our inmates. They actually need more support,” he said.

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