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prisoner died from starvation: Mnangagwa
December 05, 2013
and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Emerson Mnangagwa has denied
press reports suggesting
that over 100 prisoners had died of starvation and various other
On Wednesday the Minister
was eager to clarify that the only deaths recorded in the country’s
prison system were related to diseases.
(Tuesday) the media was awash with misleading statistics. Nobody
has died of hunger. We do have challenges of food but we are being
supported by the GMB (Grain Marketing Board). People who have died
since January have died of various ailments,” he said.
Mnangagwa accused the
media of deliberately distorting the evidence given to a Parliamentary
Portfolio Committee by the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services,
Deputy Commission Aggrey Huggins Machingauta.
Machingauta was quoted
saying, “Prisoners are dying because of hunger and some (HIV)-related
diseases. The problem of hunger is compounded by the fact that we
can only afford to give prisoners one meal instead of three square
meals per day.”
Mnangagwa however, took
a different spin saying they were required to have three months’
supply of food for inmates but in some instances it went down to
two weeks. He also said prisoners requiring ARVs were adequately
supplied by the government.
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