Six illegal immigrants who are detained at Harare Remand Prison went on a 9-day hunger strike in protest over their lengthy detention without trial which triggered health complications.

The prisoners are now recuperating in the prison hospital after being persuaded to end the strike.   

For the six foreign nationals who are detained here at Harare Central Prison, justice has been denied as they were arrested years ago by immigration officials with the longest case being six years.

They had to be persuaded by prison officials to eat something today.

The six nationals feel they have overstayed in remand prison without any just trial.

Charles Oforma aged 47 from Nigeria was arrested in June 2015 and since then immigration officials have been promising that his case is being resolved.

It has also been a long wait also for Ayele Derilo arrested five years ago in Mutare after a visit from Tongogara Camp where he had lived for three years as a refugee.

Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Deputy Commissioner General Dr Alford Mashango Dube said there is a total of 109 foreign national who await trial for being illegal immigrants but their stay is taking a toll on the organisation’s resources.

The six from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and South Africa are now recuperating in the prison’s hospital after being persuaded to end the hunger strike which started on 20 December.

They said justice delayed is justice denied and one hopes authorities will urgently resolve their cases so that they have their day in court or are deported to a destination of their choice.