Covid-19 in prisons — urgent application filed
THE Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (The Forum) has filed an urgent chamber application for the government to address health, dietary and sanitation requirements at the country’s prisons as part of efforts to combat the lethal coronavirus (Covid-19).
Mbewe, who has been detained at Harare Remand Prison since June 20 on unlawful entry charges, complained that they are congested in prison trucks when taken to and from courts.
“When we are transported to court, the congestion in the prisons truck is excessive.
“There can be as many as 50 to 60 inmates in that truck whose ventilation is poor and whose carrying capacity is well below those high numbers,” Mbewe said.“The section where I am detained which is generally reserved for class C inmates is extremely over-crowded with approximately 50 to 55 inmates when, as I see it, that part of the prison is designed for 20 to 30 inmates.”