Zimbabwe Prison Service Commissioner, Paradzai Zimondi, has paid tribute to the church for feeding infants who are staying in the country’s prisons with their mothers, but appealed for the quick removal of the minors from the criminal institutions

The number of infants staying in the country’s prisons with their mothers who are either serving or awaiting trial rises by the day.

As of February there were 69 infants in the country’s jails, but the number has increased as people commit crimes every day.

Zimondi, who was conferring ranks to newly promoted prison officers at his organization’s head offices in Harare Wednesday, said the church was playing a critical role in assisting infants in prisons.

“We get a lot of support in the form of clothing and food for the infants in prisons from church organizations and we are grateful about that,”Zimondi said.

The ZPS boss, however, said they want the infants to be removed from the prisons adding that they have not yet found any volunteer to that effect.

“We have not yet got any takers; we are still appealing to the public that if there is anyone who can assist us in that regard could do so. Yes we have a number of organizations which give these children clothing and other things but we are saying this is not enough. These children must not be in prison.”

Last week Faith Ministries encouraged churches to mobilise resources towards the removal of infants from prisons.

The church Prison Coordinator, Diana Pazvakavambwa, told RelZim that churches should not take advantage of inmates from prisons.

Various church denominations over the years have been assisting prisons with food aid and clothing for prisoners.

Other churches went an extra mile by even rehabilitating some prisons.

Some have also provided entertainment to prisoners in the form of balls and television sets.