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Out-Break At Chikurubi Maximum Prison

Health reporter

Harare – Bronchitis and hepatitis B out-break at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison Post on Sunday can report.

Writing on his  social platform, Doug Coltart said he was informed of the out-break of bronchitis, hepatitis B and TB at Chikurubi, while his client was moved to a cell with over 46 inmates.

Hopewell Chin’ono who was arrested again for an alleged contempt of Court and was further remanded to Friday by Justice Chitapi for his bail hearing.

“The condition in our prisons is not acceptable and needs to be urgently dealt with holistically by Government. it’s not only about Hopewell but all prisoners” Coltart said.

Coltart went further to say, even convicted criminals have rights, at law, prisoners are punished by depriving liberty not their dignity, he added.

Earlier Jacob Ngarivhume and Zengeza West Legislator, Job Sikhala after their release from Chikurubi told the media that the facility is inhabitable and meant for animals not human beings.

This comes at a time when the nation has started to receive reports of Covid-19 positive cases in schools and in Matebeleland a school was closed after students tested positive of Covid.

Efforts to get further details from Coltart were fruitless as his mobile phone was unreachable.

Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service public relations officer, Meya Khanyezi when contacted for comment and confirmation, told this publication that she was on her way to Chikurubi to find out if it was true that there is an out break at one of their facilities.