The re-integration of ex-inmates is a journey that needs continuous engagement of stakeholders to allow them to regain an opportunity to participate in development initiatives.
For a very long time prisoners and ex-inmates continue to suffer discrimination upon their return in society.
This has largely hindered former prisoners’ re-integration despite all the rehabilitation process they would have gained while in incarceration.
Officially launching the Sermons of Grace Prison Ministry Trust in the capital, the Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde Miriam Chikukwa appealed to society to unite and ensure prisoners and ex-inmates have a second chance to make it in life.
Founder of Sermons of Grace Prison Ministry, Abraham Matuka said the initiative hopes to promote an ideal society where forgiveness is granted to those who would have offended society and where they can regain pursuit of their dreams.
A representative from the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS), Reverend Superintendent Gift Chirara appealed for a fully complementation of the ZPCS efforts in the empowerment of prisoners.
Sermons of Grace Prison Ministry was established in 2015 and is working with the Chikurubi female prison and Hwahwa young offenders through various education support initiatives to help the prisoners fight crime and live a better life.