Gumbura’s Death Exposes Zimimbabwe’s Poor Prison Conditions
8 August 2021

By A Correspondent- The death of the incarcerated Robert Martin Gumbura yesterday has exposed the government’s unpreparedness to protect inmates from health hazards.

Gumbura died from Covid-19 on his way to the hospital from Chikurubi Maximum Prison.

He contracted Covid-19 from his detention cells.

Chikurubi maximum security Prison has become a hot spot for covid 19.

A psychiatric section with 400 psychiatric inmates 257 tested positive to covid 19 during the week, ZimEye can reveal.

The situation has forced the authorities to introduce forced vaccination and testing to officers. No one can enter Chikurubi maximum security Prison gates without a vaccination card and testing certificate.

There has been no running water at the prison complex for two weeks now, forcing the infection rate to surge.

Both officers and inmates are fetching water from unprotected wells.

The development also comes when the prison facility has gone for more than four months without cooking oil for prisoners’ food.