A notice by Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa, carried in the latest edition of the government gazette, Chinamasa who belongs to President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) party said prisoners would be fed with beans and milk five times a week. Besides beans, the prisoners will also be fed with cow and fresh peas and groundnuts.
The Justice and Legal Affairs Minister said detainees wallowing in the country’s jails would only be entitled to eating meat two times a week including offal and fish.
He also decreed that prisoners would access bread, vegetables, maize meal, rice and potatoes. The inmates would be entitled to eating fruits once a week.
The gazetting of the prisoners diet comes at a time when there are calls to improve the nutritional situation for the country’s malnourished prisoners.
Recent reports indicated that the government was considering feeding prisoners with elephant meat in a bid to improve their diet and keep the animals under check.
Organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross have come to the rescue of the Zimbabwe Prison Service by feeding malnourished prisoners and ensuring that they access three meals a day.
Apart from grappling with food shortages, Zimbabwe’s prisons also battle with diseases such as tuberculosis, pellagra and HIV and AIDS.