President Mnangagwa’s amnesty emptied Connemara Prison and now guards are having to do all the work at the prison farm.

They are heading cattle, tending to fields and guarding crops against baboons. The guards are furious and have appealed to their superiors to supply prisoners. .The prison officers say that their duties are only to escort inmates to perform duties and not for them to actually do them.

Masvingo Mirror reports that Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Elizabeth Banda has said that suitable inmates were being sought for the open prison.

"Yes we do not have inmates at Connemara at the moment. All 65 inmates were pardoned  during Amnesty and now we are in the process of selecting suitable candidates to go to the Open Prison. The process is being done nationwide so very soon we expect to send inmates there," said Banda.

Connemara is located about 30 Kilometres from Gweru along Gweru- Kwekwe Highway and it has 120 prison guards.
"The process is taking long because remember the Prison is unique in the sense that inmates have free movement; they are given home leave days so we have to be careful with the selection of suitable candidates," said Banda.