Prisoner escapes from jail after missing out on presidential amnesty


An inmate who was serving a jail term for assaulting his father has allegedly escaped from prison after missing out on the Presidential amnesty.

John Ncube from Lupane who was serving an effective 21 months after being convicted of physical abuse escaped from prison on Monday. President Mnangagwa last week pardoned thousands of prisoners as part of measures to decongest the prisons whose population had ballooned to about 20 000.

Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) spokesperson for Matabeleland North, Bothwell Bosha said investigations are underway to establish the circumstances around his escape from Lupane Prison on Monday.

“I can confirm that an inmate John Ncube who was serving an effective 21 months after being convicted of physical abuse escaped from prison on Monday. We are still investigating to establish how he escaped,” said Bosha.

Ncube was sentenced on February 19 this year at the Lupane magistrates’ court for beating up his father. The Chronicle could not readily get circumstances of the physical abuse case. A case of escaping from lawful custody was opened against Ncube after a report was made to the police.

Last year in September an inmate escaped from Victoria Falls Prison where he was on remand. Jabulani Nyoni, a self-proclaimed prophet who doubles as a tsikamutanda escaped around 3pm when he and other inmates were watching a soccer match on TV.

He allegedly claimed that he bribed a prison officer who assisted him to escape. Nyoni was rearrested a few days later and transferred to Khami Maximum Prison pending finalisation of his cases.

In December 2017, another man from Lupane was jailed for three years for escaping from prison claiming one of the prison guards was bedd_ing his wife.

Bekithemba Mthulisi Dube (28) of Chief Mabhikwa in Lupane was convicted on his own plea of guilty to escaping from lawful custody by Plumtree resident magistrate, Mr Taurai Manwere.

He was sentenced to four years in prison.

One year was conditionally suspended for five years.

Asked by the magistrate why he escaped from prison, Dube said he did so because one of the prison guards was be dding his wife while he was in prison.

“I admit escaping from prison Your Worship. The reason was because one of the prison officers was bedd_ing my wife while I was inside,” said Dube.

It was not stated what landed Dube in jail in the first place and the duration of his stay there when he escaped.

In a statement a prison officer, Thulani Maphosa said he discovered that Dube was missing when he made a roll call.

– Chronicle

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