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Prison officer faces dismissal over Grace slur


A SENIOR prison officer based in Mutare faces imminent dismissal after he was recently brought before an internal disciplinary committee and found guilty of making disparaging remarks against First Lady Grace Mugabe.


Superintendent Reuben Zimondi, who was in charge of the Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services (ZPCS)’s Mutare farm, was charged for labelling Grace a “dog” and accusing her of fomenting the ongoing fights in Zanu PF.

Last week, Zimondi appeared before an internal disciplinary committee led by Assistant Commissioner Nelson Chikwature which found him guilty of the charge and recommended his immediate dismissal from the public service.

A source who attended the hearing confirmed the development to NewsDay yesterday.

“The hearing ended on Friday and it was recommended that he be fired. The recommendation will be sent to [ZPCS] Commissioner-General [Retired Major-General Paradzai Zimondi] and the final verdict is expected to be announced in the next 10 working days,” said a source privy to the matter.

The source said Zimondi’s chances of surviving the axe were slim considering the gravity of the offence.

It is, however, unclear whether Zimondi is related to the prisons boss.

He was charged with contravening section 3 (46) of the
Prisons Staff Disciplinary Regulations 1984 which reads: “Being guilty of any other act, conduct, disorder or neglect of duty to the prejudice of good order and discipline.”

Zimondi is alleged to have uttered the remarks on December 5 last year at Mutare Prison Farm while watching a television programme in the company of his workmates and some civilians who later reported him to his superiors.

His lawyer Ashell Mutungura was not reachable for comment yesterday.

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