Founder of Mushamukadzi Charity Organisation Mrs Marry Chiwenga yesterday decided to give a Valentine’s treat to inmates at the Chikurubi Female Prison.
Valentine’s day is a day where Swiss chocolates and giant teddy bears are being displayed in every shop window, red heart-shaped balloons in every supermarket and rose petals were scattered on home and hotel beds.
Those incarcerated can only dream of such privileges as their plight is more than just a yearning to hear the latest Ed Sheeran love song.
On a holiday made for showing love and affection, the former model and Miss World Zimbabwe chairperson accompanied by her mother Mrs Mubaiwa made a surprise ‘love’ visit to the ladies.
It was all smiles and ululation as the prisoners were munching some fried chicken while looking at piles of donations that the wife of the country’s Vice president had brought.
Said Mrs Chiwenga: “Today being the 14th of February Valentine’s day were couples alike show each other affection through buying gifts for each other sending flowers to their other half, I want this day to be the day that I give and I hope I will be able to give you such.”
“In our homes, we show each other love on a daily basis and we are here to extend the same love to you”
Chiwenga said she had come to give joy and hope to the inmates and expressed happiness that some of the inmates were pursuing education whilst incarcerated.
She gave away five brand new computers to be used by those pursuing qualifications so as to conduct their researches.
Among the donations were 100 cases of sanitary pads, 100 bags of mealie meal, sewing machines, boxes of soaps and six bales of clothes to be worn when the inmates finally get their freedom.
She also donated raw materials needed to make reusable sanitary pads as she said this will go a long way in alleviating the challenges of sanitary wear costs.
Mrs Chiwenga also compelled the female prisoners to take to heart the advice that they were given by the First Lady Mrs Auxilia Mnangagwa when she paid a Christmas visit to the same prison last year.