Superintendent Thomas Chiwire, the Officer-in-Charge at Mutoko prison, is being investigated and faces disciplinary action for allegedly assaulting an inmate and breaking his leg.
Priscilla Mtembo, the Zimbabwe Prison Service acting public relations officer, confirmed the incident and said investigations were underway.
“I confirm that we are investigating a case of the alleged assault of an inmate by the name of Tinos Moyo by the officer in charge of Mutoko Prison, Superintendent Thomas Chiwire,” Mtembo said. “If the officer-in-charge is found guilty, disciplinary action would be taken against him.
“Zimbabwe Prisons does not condone ill-treatment of offenders as we believe that the term of imprisonment is punishment enough,” she said.
“Whenever an inmate misbehaves whilst in prison he is brought before an internal disciplinary hearing where appropriate punishment such as loss of privileges or remission is given.
“Remission is one third of every prisoners sentence set aside on conditions of good behaviour.
“However if a criminal offence has been committed, the matter is referred to the police for further investigations.”
Sources at the prison told NewsDay that Chiwire viciously assaulted Moyo breaking his leg and denying him treatment by throwing him back into the cells.
Sources said Chiwire was afraid that if Moyo had been taken to hospital, there would be need for a police report before he could be attended to.
“Chiwire made sure that each time Moyo’s relatives came to visit he would give them an excuse that they were not able to see him,” a source said.
“However due to pressure from fellow inmates and his deteriorating condition, Chiwire was eventually forced to get the prisoner to hospital and that is how the matter came to light.”
Our sources said yesterday a commission of inquiry comprising officers from Manicaland had arrived at Mtoko prison to start investigations.