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THREE prison officers have been discharged from the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services for converting to their own use US$18 000 meant for settling electricity bills. ZPCS Public Relations officer Chief Superintendent Elizabeth Banda-Karinda confirmed the development saying they were discharged last month.

“The Commissioner-General of Prisons and Correctional Services Major-General Paradzai Zimondi (Retired) has dismissed from the service three officers, Prison Officer Grade one Milton Madende, Senior Prison Officers Sinikiwe Mpofu and Edith Mandenga with effect from April 22, 2014 whilst the dismissal of the fourth, Principal Prison Officer Vhunzayi Ruvoko is awaiting Presidential confirmation.

“Between 2010 and 2012 the members fraudulently caused Zesa accounts and those known to them to be paid from funds meant to pay ZPCS Zesa bills. The total prejudice to the state from these fraudulent activities is almost $18 000,” said Chief Supt Banda-Karinda.

She said the dismissal of the trio showed that the institution does not condone corruption.

“The three non commissioned officers were already served with their dismissal letters whilst that of the commissioned officer Ruvoko is waiting Presidential assent.

“In dismissing the officers the Commissioner-General said His Excellency the President made it clear that any corrupt government official should not be spared by the wrath of the law. He furthermore said that corruption in the organisation will not be tolerated and anyone found on the wrong side of the law will not be spared,” she said.

Twenty-four prison officers were suspended recently after they allegedly diverted to their own use US$700 000 that was meant for the upkeep of prison inmates.

Source : The Herald