In a statement the EU Ambassador Aldo Dell’Ariccia, said, “The EU is persuaded that this support will make a substantial difference to the more than 13 000 prisoners in the country’s prisons.”
The money will be channelled through the Zimbabwe Association for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of the Offender (ZACRO), which is aimed at improving conditions in prisons.
Prison officers have however attributed the deterioration of prison services to mismanagement while the Prison Chief Paradzai Zimondi blamed targeted sanctions imposed on top Zanu (PF) officials by western countries including the EU.
Food distribution in the country’s prisons has improved after the intervention of non-governmental organisations.
Before the formation of the inclusive government 234 prisoners died of cholera due to overcrowding and lack of treatment drugs.