President Emmerson Mnangagwa broke down in tears as he recalled some of his memories from 1964 during a prison officers’ graduation ceremony.
President Mnangagwa was moved to tears after the singing of prison officers took him back in time to 1964 when he was fighting against the colonial Rhodesian government.
The touching incident occurred when President Emmerson Mnangagwa officiated at the 151st Recruit Correctional Officers of the Zimbabwe Prisons & Correctional Services (ZPCS) Pass-out Parade at Ntabazinduna Prisons Training School in Bulawayo.
The President was the Chief Witnessing Officer at the event held on Saturday. During the event, the President felt compelled to interrupt the choir of Prison Officers, telling them that they had moved him to tears with their singing. He sombrely narrated some of his own memories, saying that he had lost most of the friends he had walked with on an arduous journey in 1964.
The President thanked the Recruit Correctional Officers recently graduated for taking him down memory lane of the journey he traversed in the struggle. He said most of all he struggled with had been taken away by the Almighty.
He left confident that history was in safe hands. pic.twitter.com/2DTxCaa3ep
— Presidential Communications Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 (@DeptCommsZW) November 19, 2022 Seven hundred thirty-two (732) officers, comprising 545 males and 187 females, graduated after five months of training
During his speech, President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe is determined to improve inmates’ living conditions. “My Government is conscious of the plight of our citizens behind bars; hence, resources continue to be channelled towards upgrading correctional facilities and the construction of new ones.
We are, thus, determined to improve the living standards of inmates in line with global best practices in prisons and correctional systems,” he said.
The President also praised the ZPCS hierarchy for their efforts in reforming the country’s prisons, adding that their efforts would soon be bolstered by changes in the country’s laws.