High Court judge, Justice Catherine Bhachi-Muzawazi, has ordered the reinstatement of a Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services officer who was fired after she allegedly stole food rations meant for inmates at Harare Central Prison.

Apparently, this is not the first time for prison officers to steal inmates’ food rations.

In 2019, a gang of four correctional service officers who stole thousands of kilograms of food stuff at Harare Central Prison before staging a break in to cover up their tracks.

Rukudzo Konje (42), Rhoda Mawadze (37), Avellino Muchawa (42) and Margret Chikwature (30) will on June 18 stood trial before a Harare Magistrate on charges of theft.

Their dismal attempt at concealing the crime however failed to deter the officer in charge from conducting an internal audit.

After the audit was carried, it was realised that 1 447.8 kgs of sugar, 166.8kgs of salt, 217.58kgs chicken and 3 023.3 kgs were missing.

Meanwhile, Home Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe and police commissioner-general Godwin Matanga have been ordered to pay $40 million to a vendor who was negligently shot by a police officer in 2020.