The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) has introduced new prison garbs for serving inmates, ditching the immediate former white uniforms for males and green for females.
The dumped uniforms were inherited from the colonial era, and Justice Minister Ziyambi says the changes are meant to dispense colonial historical injustices.
Male inmates will now wear orange uniforms consisting of long-sleeved shirts and trousers in winter and shorts and short-sleeved shirts in summer, whereas females shift from green to pink dresses.
The uniforms were commissioned at Harare Central Prison, with Justice Ziyambi as the guest-of-honor.
“…We are here also for the commissioning of a new set of uniforms for the convicted male and female inmates. These changes, ladies and gentlemen, are meant to dispense colonial historical injustices out of our minds,” he said.
“Our traditional uniform was worn by sons and daughters who were tormented by the vile colonial cruelty.”
The minister added that another benefit of the change was that the bright new colors would not get dirty as easily.
“The new uniforms will also assist in the hygienic requirements of prison inmates in that they are not as bright and cannot easily get visibly dirty,” he said.