A Mozambican delegation is in the country to take a leaf on how Zimbabwe is implementing its community service.
This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding in 2013 between the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) and its Mozambican counterpart, the Perniteria Alternative Services at a conference held to promote the exchange of notes on the implementation of community service between the two countries.
Representing the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, chairperson of the Zimbabwe Community Service Committee, Justice Alphas Chitakanye said the country has benefited in terms of infrastructure development.
“Community service has paid dividends for Zimbabwe since these offenders are doing work that would need government funds to undertake,” said Justice Chitakanye.
His sentiments were echoed by the director of community service, Ms Lorcadia Majonga who said government had saved about US$5 million on the costs of feeding inmates with sentences below 2 years.
“Since the inception of community service in 1992, we have commuted about 60 000 offenders with sentences below 2 years,” she said.
The Mozambican delegation hailed the Zimbabwean legal system indicating that in their country harsh sentences are given for minor offences.
The delegation also said they are enjoying the cordial relationship with Zimbabwe and have learnt a lot on the country.
The Mozambicans delegation is expected to wind their trip with a visit to some referral centres in Zvishavane and Domboshava.