remand prison.jpgThe Zimbabwe Prison Services (ZPS) has dismissed as false, rumours which claim that inmates within the country’s prisons  are being denied access to supplementary food from their relatives.

In an interview with ZBC News, ZPS Deputy Commissioner, Rhodes Moyo dismissed the rumors saying that the policy to allow relatives of inmates and donors to supplement food provided by the ZPS was adopted in 2009 at the height of the economic challenges largely caused by illegal sanctions imposed on the country by the west.

ZPS Director for Health, Assistant Commissioner Evidence Gaka, however said due to threats of disease outbreaks, his department issued a temporary ban on prepared food and fruits into Harare prisons.

Assistant Commissioner Gaka noted that the inmates were getting an improved diet with three meals a day, adding that they could still get supplements from their relatives in the form of tinned food, bread and sealed fruit juices.