The Zimbabwean government is considering disposing of some of its old prisons to land developers and using the proceeds to build new prisons with better facilities, a Cabinet minister has said.

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said this while commenting on living conditions in prisons before the Senate thematic committee on human rights on Monday.

The Herald newspaper reported Tuesday that Ziyambi acknowledged that some of the prisons were dilapidated yet they were sitting on land with a huge value.

“Admittedly, some of our prisons are very old. If you look at Harare Central Prison, when it was built it was on the outskirts of Harare but it is now almost in the centre. We are having negotiations,” he said.

“Perhaps if we can have land developers who want that prime land, we sell it and develop a better prison in Marondera,” he said. Enditem


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