INMATES at Zimbabwe’s prisons have asked for music recording facilities, a report by the parliamentary portfolio committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs has said.
The committee, chaired by Zanu PF Makoni East
MP Shadreck Chipanga, said as part of their rehabilitation prisoners were interested in music, drama and learning academic subjects.
Their efforts were coming to nought as they were unable to record their work or write examinations due to lack of resources.
“Prisoners told your committee that they are failing to register for examinations and trade tests because they could not afford the amounts that are required as prisons are not allocated funds for examinations,” the report said.
The prisons were also said to be offering practical subjects such as welding and carpentry.
“Most prisons visited had workshops where courses like welding, carpentry, sewing etc are done and also following academic courses; grade 7, “0” level, “A” level, ZAAT, CIS and other courses. However, in most cases there were no learning materials to use,” the report added.
The committee noted that some of the prisoners were having problems in raising money for bail.
“It was disturbing to hear that some prisoners were granted bail ranging from $100 000 to $ 300 000 but were still in prison because they had no money to pay the bail or their relatives were not willing to come to their rescue, or they had no way of informing relatives,” the report also said. — Staff Writer.