In a refreshing development, the country’s prison and correctional authorities last Sunday captured a convicted murderer-cum-robber, serving a 52-year prison term, who had escaped from Khami Prison.

The escapee, Jacobson Shone, who has been described by the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) as a ‘dangerous inmate’, was captured by the ZPCS’ special tactics officers along 5th Avenue in Harare on Sunday afternoon.

“We were unsettled when we realised that he was missing. He is a very dangerous man who cannot be interacting with civilians before proper rehabilitation. As ZPCS, we remain dedicated to protecting the public and make sure that inmates don’t disturb daily businesses and we will continue to hunt down anyone who thinks they can undermine the law by escaping from prison,” said ZPCS national spokesperson Chief Superintendent Meya Khanyezi in an interview with state media.

The 41-year old Shone was convicted by a Beitbridge magistrate of armed robbery and murder in 2019.

Added Chief Supt Khanyezi:

“Our special tactics officers captured the inmate after he was found loitering around the market along 5th Avenue where he was interacting with civilians. He had changed from his uniform into plain clothes as if he was someone going about his business.

“Let this be a warning to every inmate and those who will become inmates that as ZPCS, we are determined to make sure that all prisoners serve their terms in full and we will not tolerate anyone trying to undermine our job by disturbing our duties”.