As a way to raise money to construct two new modern prisons at Chikurubi and in Marondera, the Zimbabwean government is selling Harare Central and Remand Prison.
This development comes after a recent inspection of the prisons , by Government experts who deemed the facilities inhabitable.
Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi confirmed the latest developments.
Said the minister:
“What we intend to do with the Ministry of Local Government (Public Works and National Housing) is to find mechanisms of working with land developers.
“We have Harare Central and Remand Prison, which was built many years ago and is now located on prime urban land owing to the expansion of the city.
“We believe that the state in which it is in cannot be reconstructed or revamped.
“So, we have been given the go ahead to find a developer, then we will evaluate its fair value which we believe could be quite substantial given that it is now on prime land.
“Once we have agreed with the developer and before we demolish the complex, they will build a new prison for us at Chikurubi and an open prison in Marondera.