Prisoners strike over amnesty

by vusumuzi dube | Monday, Mar 3, 2014 | 3983 views

Prisoners at Khami Maximum Prison on Tuesday last week reportedly went on hunger strike in protest over the criteria used to determine those granted Presidential amnesty, this paper can reveal.

President Mugabe last week granted close to 2 000 prison inmates countrywide amnesty.

A prison warden at Khami said prisoners had come together to protest what they said was unfair amnesty as some believed they had committed lesser crimes but had not been pardoned.

“Though the strike ended in its early stages, the corrections department has taken every precaution,” he said.
He said the prisoners’ protest was not a first but this time they had also boycotted their duties and would not leave their cells.

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