Organisers of the Inside Out, an arts talent show for inmates at Bulawayo’s prisons, have hailed the recent amnesty as having come at the right time in line with the objectives of their competition.

The competition features the five prisons in the city and affords inmates an opportunity to tussle it out in five categories namely: poetry, drama, contemporary dance and acappella music.

Bulawayo Province’s Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Arts Ambassador, Clarence ‘Kirah’ Garura, revealed that the amnesty had not dampened the spirit of the talent show but provided the inmates with an opportunity to practice outside what they have been learning inside the prison walls.

“For those who are now out, they are only out of the prison walls but are still part of the competition. Even if they don’t make it to the finals or even if they don’t win during the finals, we are still yet to take them to the next stage of making sure they record from outside the prison walls so that they prove a point to the nation that they have been properly rehabilitated while they were still in prison. So the amnesty worked in favour of the competition,” she said.

One of the beneficiaries of the amnesty programme, who decided to come and continue with the competition in the dance section, Simelinkosi Ncube, highlighted that she believes her talent can help her earn a living.

The competition entered the semi-final stage at the Khami Maximum Prison with winners expected to take part in a boot camp from the 1st to the 4th of May before the grand finals the same month.