Zimbabwe: Prison Services Fuel Crisis Halts Trials

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Palesa Manaleng
According to allafrica.com, the Zimbabwe prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) has been hit by serious fuel shortages, forcing the postponements of trials at various courts around the country.
Judicial Service Commission Secretary Justice Rita Makarau said the shortage had affected justice delivery as most people were now spending time in remand prison without having their cases concluded.
The development comes as prisons have been hit by food shortage which forced President Robert Mugabe to recently pardon 2000 convicts.
ZPCS spokeswoman, Elizabeth Banda, confirmed the development saying the problem had affected transportation of prisoners from remand jails to court.
Late last year, prison officials told Parliament that over 100 convicts died due to malnutrition and lack of medication.

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