|Let prisoners quench sexual desire — senator|
|Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:00|
Lloyd Gumbo Herald Reporter
Committee on Gender and Development on Monday.
Mlotshwa asked Acting Secretary for Justice and Legal Affairs Mr Maxwell Ranga.
Mr Ranga said the ministry faced financial constraints which made it impossible to consider providing such gadgets.
to get rid of some of the rights because it is an incarceration.
“For instance, we approach (the) Ministry of Finance requesting for US$20 000 to fumigate the prisons kuti tiuraye inda netsikidzi dzirimo, but we are told money is not there,” Mr Ranga said.
“We can’t say we don’t have money to feed and clothe prisoners because people can stay without food, but they want their sexual desires to be satisfied whether you like it or not.
She asked Mr Ranga if lack of resources also affected sentences meted out to offenders, saying it would be prudent for sentences to be reduced since Government could not provide some of the requirements.
“We can’t rush into a certain activity, we will have to carry out a study to see the positives and negatives of providing such gadgets and also to see if it can be implementable,” Mr Ranga said.
Mr Ranga, appeared before the committee alongside officials from the Zimbabwe Prison Service.
Last year, she told fellow senators that the only avenue left to curb the spread of HIV among married people was by injecting husbands with an “immobiliser” to reduce their sexual desire.
Contributing to debate on the first report on HIV and Aids dealing with access to treatment in the Senate last year, Sen Mlotshwa said it was important to reduce men’s sexual appetite.
She urged the Thematic Committee on HIV and Aids and the Zimbabwe Parliamentarians against HIV and Aids to pursue the proposal.