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DISGRACED pastor Martin Gumbura has been accused of masterminding last week’s prison riot in which inmates violently protested against food shortages.

Acting president Emmerson Mnangagwa told Parliament Wednesday that there was enough food to feed inmates for the coming seven months making last week’s riot unnecessary.

The VP, who is also the minister of justice, claimed that the attempts by inmates at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison to escape after running amok over food shortage was engineered by Gumbura along other dangerous convicts.

“There is enough food to feed our inmates for the coming seven months or so but we have requested treasury to look into the clothing part which needs attention.

“From our investigation, we have found out that Gumbura was behind the escape bid together with other dangerous criminals,” Mnangagwa said.

“I want to assure the honourable members and the rest of the nation that government is concerned about the welfare of our prisoners. They have rights but it is just that they are undergoing correctional measures for wrongs they did against society,” he said.

Mnangagwa said the last Friday protests which have resulted in the death of five inmates, involved more than 100 dangerous criminals who wanted to escape with Gumbura being the ring leader.

“These disturbances were well and carefully planned by dangerous inmates who include Gumbura,” he said in response to MDC-T MP Simon Chidakwa who had asked what government was doing about the conditions of the inmates in all prisons around the country.

Mnangagwa said security has been enhanced and the perpetrators of last week’s riots had been put in penal section.

Gumbura is the pastor of RMG End Time Message and was convicted of four counts of rape and one on possession of pornographic material. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

His church was also suspended by the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe, for “Satanic practices” and for child abuse allegations against him.

Source : New Zimbabwe