INMATES have come up with ways to raise their body temperatures to avoid working in farms during their incarceration, a convicted inmates has disclosed.
The 75-year-old inmate Forbes Paundi of Mt Darwin said this on Tuesday during a Covid-19 awareness campaign conducted by Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Service Health Department at Chikurubi Prison Farm.
During the question and answer session, Paundi sought to know how inmates who fake their temperature would be handled when they go through temperature checks for Covid-19.
“For the past two years in prison I discovered that some of the inmates who hesitate to be taken to work in farms fake illness and injuries,” said Paundi.
“I am of old age and prison officers spare me from going to work in farms and one of the inmates told me the tricks they apply which included faking high temperatures.
“He said they take a lot of pepper, vanoisa mhiripiri muhapwa kana kuidya yakawanda vodikitira izvozvo zvinokwidza temperature vorega kuendeswa kubasa.
“Vamwe vanozora onion pahuma dzavo izvozvo zvinokwidza zvakare temperature saka pa Covid-19 vanhu vakadaro vanobatsirwasei?” asked Paundi who was convicted of rap_e in 2018 and sentenced to six years.
Another inmate Costa Takavada, 26, based at the prison clinic said some of the inmates injure themselves with hoes at the fields in order to escape working at the farms.
“I was convicted of rap_e at the age of 19 years and I have been sharing with my fellow inmates about what they do to be excused from going to work in maize fields,” said Takavada.
“Vanozvitema nemapadza pakusakura saka havazoenda kubasa nekuda kwekurapisa ronda. Hanzi unochemberera mujeri uchishandira chibage chisingadyiwe nevana vako.
“I regret committing the offence and I have learnt that crime does not pay.
“Committing crime has affected my life and I regret meeting habitual criminals and wish if I can gain freedom,” said Takavada sentenced to sixteen years.
Chikurubi Prison Farm officer in charge Superintendent Brighton Matombo said the institution is from time to time educating inmates about Covid-19 precautionary measures to curb the spread of the pandemic.