Thursday, 19 March 2015

10 Chukurubi prisoners shot to death as Gumbura attempts to escape

HARARE – Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is also the Minister of Justice, has claimed that jailed rapist, Pastor Robert Martin Gumbura, was behind the Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison food riots last week.

Mnangagwa was answering questions on the matter in parliament on Wednesday and claimed Gumbura led a conspiracy to break out of Chikurubi with about 100 others. The VP claimed the prisoners used poor food and living conditions as an excuse for the riots.

10 Chukurubi prisoners shot to death as Gumbura attempts to escape
Prisoners at Chikurubi ran riot last Friday demanding a change of diet. About five prisoners set blankets on fire as they mobilised their colleagues to join in. Eight prisoners were admitted to hospital with severe injuries, having been shot in raging gun battles.

A source said "1 prisoner died on Friday 2 died at Parirenyantwa on Saturday then the other 2 died on Sunday (one at Chikurubi and the other one at the hospital. But amongst the guards everyone is saying 10 died."

On Sunday Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services spokesperson Elizabeth Banda confirmed three deaths. Dennis Aramu who was serving 29 years for breaching the firearms act, Pedzisai Nota (40) who was serving 27 years for armed robbery and Titus Mandikonza. Nota and Mandikonza died at Parirenyatwa Hospital.

Two more deaths were officially acknowledged this week bring the number to 5.

A massive cover-up was feared last week as it emerged that the other two inmates who were hospitalised at Parirenyatwa Hospital with gunshot wounds had died. Reports further indicated that up to 10 inmates were shot dead during the riots by over 900 prisoners at the correctional facility, but Chikurubi officials insists only three died.

Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services (ZPCS) spokesperson Elizabeth Banda said the three who died were Dennis Aramu who was serving 29 years for breaching the firearms act, Pedzisai Nota (40) who was serving 27 years for armed robbery and Titus Mandikonza whose crime and sentence were not yet clear.

Nota and Mandikonza died at Parirenyatwa Hospital. It is reported that the deceased were among the eight that had been admitted in hospital with severe injuries, having been shot in gun battles between inmates and prison guards that ensued during the riots on Friday last week whose me-lee was allegedly orchestrated by a convicted serial rapist Pastor Gumbura who is still to serve the remaining 39 years after he was sentenced to 40 years in prison for raping several women in his church. Nehanda | Myzim
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