HARARE – The number of prison inmates who died after sustaining injuries during riots that followed protests over relish at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison has risen to three.

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The opposition has called Justice Minister/ Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa to explain the summary executioin of prisoners who were rioting for food.

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Mnangagwa has been on the forefront calling for the repeal of death sentence but these deaths are laid right on his door step as Justice Minister.

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Sources said the three are reported to have died after the incidents were tortured ton death Friday night.

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The maximum prison on Friday the 13th of March 2015 turned out to be a real horror set.

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A group of hard core inmates led a protest inciting their colleagues to join in a protest over relish, setting part of the prison complex ablaze in a situation that sparked a huge riot.

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Inmates went riotous burning blankets, destroying the prisons library, and breaking window panes but a source from the Prison on Saturday said there no attempts to escape.

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This resulted in three inmates dying following injuries sustained during the rioting.

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Two prison officers are still admitted at the West End Hospital including the Officer Commanding Mashonaland Region Assistant Commissioner George Denya who ended up with a fractured a leg after he had gone to address the prisoners.

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He was attacked by an iron bar.

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Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services spokesperson Chief Superintendent Elizabeth Banda Karinda said the situation is now calm.

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She, however, added that investigations are being carried out and a board of inquiry will be set up to investigate the cause of the incident.