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No Zim prisoner has starved to death – minister

2013-12-05 12:28

Cape Town – Zimbabwean Justice Minister Emerson Mnangagwa has reportedly denied reports that prisoners in the country’s jails were starving to death due to government’s failure to feed them.

Reports this week said food shortages had hit the country’s prisons, resulting in more than 100 inmates dying from hunger and other nutrition-related illnesses this year.

Mnangagwa, however, denied the reports, saying no one had died from hunger.

According to newzimbabwe.com, Mnangagwa said although the prison service experienced food supply problems, no inmate had died from hunger.

He said government was supported by the country's Grain Marketing Board (GMB) and that there was no single day that passed “without us having food supplies”.

He said the reports were misleading.

Zimbabwe has 46 prisons with 18 460 inmates.

The country is faced with an economic crisis, which critics blame on mismanagement by veteran President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF party.

They say the party’s seizures of white-owned commercial farms for redistribution to landless blacks weakened food production in a country that was once the breadbasket of the region, leaving millions dependent on foreign aid for survival.

Comments
  • Niel Liebenberg - 2013-12-05 12:54

    Wish I could email Mr Malema the following section: "They say the party’s seizures of white-owned commercial farms for redistribution to landless blacks weakened food production in a country that was once the breadbasket of the region, leaving millions dependent on foreign aid for survival."

      David Van Schalkwyk - 2013-12-05 12:56

      Malema can't read so you would be wasting your time.

      Audrey Sabag - 2013-12-05 14:19

      No, its the white peoples fault again for not making sure that they have no food.... What a damned joke.

  • Willy Nilly - 2013-12-05 13:05

    No they were beaten to death .all enemies of the official Mugabe party

  • Stefan Van Der Spuy - 2013-12-05 13:16

    Well the citizens in the streets are starving to death because they have no jobs, so what's new here?

  • Douglas Gwanyanya - 2013-12-05 13:16

    Always denying.They rigged(nikuved) elections and denied it,they killed Ndebele pple,they denied,they lost 2008 elections,they denied.Mugabe is 89 years old they deny it.Black imperialists.

  • Riaanz0r - 2013-12-05 13:42

    Hopefully they tried to feed the life sentences after the rest, then justice was served on an empty plate.

  • Heather Mae - 2013-12-05 13:56

    Denial Denial Denial He probably still believes in the tooth fairy/Father Christmas/The Easter Bunny and that unicorns eat rainbows and fart glitter

  • PD Van Zyl - 2013-12-05 14:45

    No Zim prisoner has starved to death, same cannot be said about its citizens

  • Nyati_Photo - 2013-12-05 14:55

    All liars

  • Ntombizodwa Letty - 2013-12-05 15:01

    Den let them go out 4free then, so dat they can tried better things outside than that. Y u became crueeeeeeeeeeeeeee ur sh*t, the families need them2.

  • Muchasura Chando - 2013-12-05 16:14

    We are always complaining and complaining. if the same prisoners get 3 meals a day, with starters, main meal and desserts, we complain and say it is too much. When the starve, we still complain, and yet the fact is that these are criminals in the form of rapists, murderers, hijackers etc. The are people who cant live peacefully with society, hence, they should at least feel what it is like to suffer, not to just get meals and luxuries the easy way according to them

      Vicky Anders - 2013-12-06 12:35

      Well said, may be if we stopped treating prisoners like gold and actually make them suffer for their crimes, people wiould be less willing to turn to crime.

  • Nick Bozman - 2013-12-05 18:04

    Emerson Mnangwa-"no prisoners have died due to lack of food,but 100,000 non prisoners have died due to lack of food".

  • Nigt Code Mapfumo - 2013-12-05 18:15

    Mr munangagwa who a u fooling. U think people can survive on boiled beans which is given once a week. People will always die in prisons if u don't do something about food.

  • Mark Russell - 2013-12-06 02:17

    What is this starving thingy? We give then food once a month so it can't be from that, they die from being too skinny!

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