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Published: March 10, 2010
Harare (ZimEye) – Zimbabwe is set to hang 49 inmates at the Harare
Central Prison out of over 1 200 jailed at the prison.
Briefing a Senate Parliamentary Committee, a Harare Central Prison
officer-in-charge Chief Superintendent Norbert Chomurenga said: “There
are 1 221 inmates, four are juveniles, 426 are B class, 745 are C
class, one is D class and 49 are prisoners under sentence of death.”
He said one of the 49 inmates who was convicted of a murder charge 13
years ago, was yet to be hanged.
An inmate at the Harare Central Prison, said there was trauma in the
prison as they waited to be hanged, adding even the prison guards were
“We are traumatized, including those who guard us, since they witness our
death,” he said.
Notorious robbers Edgar Masendeke and Stephen Chidhumo who committed
various crimes including murder and escaping from lawful custody at
Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison were also put under the gallows.
Chomurenga also said at the height of problems facing prisons in 2008, 229
prisoners died at Harare Central Prison and 189 perished last year
because of hunger. (ZimEye, Zimbabwe)