MSU To Coach Marondera Inmates In Music

By Sydney Gokomere

 Gweru, November 09, 2016 – INMATES at Marondera Prison are set to benefit from a music programme set to be run by the Midlands State University (MSU) department of music and musicology as part of the prison’s rehabilitation process.

The partnership will see MSU students take the lead in coaching the inmates in playing instruments and singing as part of Marondera Prisons inmates rehabilitation programme.

 

Through the programme, inmates shall benefit from state of the art music instruments used at the higher learning institution.

MSU acting director for work related learning, Maxwell Chaerera said the partnership would also benefit the university as students would get attachment at the prison.

 

“These students would therefore transfer their skills to inmates as part of their work related learning duties and responsibilities,” Chaerera said at a recent prison day celebrations at Marondera Prison.

 

Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services have rehabilitation programmes meant to ensure that once prisoners are released, they are able to fend for themselves and become law-abiding citizens.

 

In recent months, there have been reports of prisoners being arrested following their release in May this year through the Presidential amnesty.

 

President Robert Mugabe pardoned more than 2 000 inmates across the country’s prisons but in less than six months some of them have been thrown back into jails after committing various crimes.