We should not be debating about bringing condoms into prisons

Robert Martin Gumbura, jailed 40 years for rape, says he misses sex.
Robert Martin Gumbura, jailed 40 years for rape, says he misses sex.

By Weston Wesley

Common sense is common but when common sense isn’t utilised, it brings a problem.

I was following a debate done during a sitting by the parliament of Zimbabwe, about whether the government should distribute condoms among inmates in Zimbabwe’s prisons.

In my view, it is morally, socially, religiously and ethically wrong for male or female inmates to be supplied with condoms inside the prison walls.

We cannot allow a situation where intimacy is tolerated inside rehabilitation centres.

A prison is not a place designed to make humans suffer nor to kill them, but its a correctional centre equipped with correctional tools, correctional officers and correctional wardens ready to help inmates correct their past mistakes and allow for his/her proper reintegration back into the society.

When incarcerated, one is stripped of “some” of his rights, like conjugal rights.

The whole idea of people having sex in prison is strange. Take for example whereby 71 inmates are in a cell with a full lit bulb, how can two inmates engage in intimate activities.

If they do succeed, then we have a problem, because this is illegal. And a solution is needed.

But the solution isn’t condoms. The solution is surveillance.

The government must purchase and install Close Circuit Television Cameras(CCTV) and get them installed inside and outside the prison walls.

This should solve the matter.

Allowing condoms in prison is akin to allowing and perpetuating illegal activities in the name of sexual reproductive health.

And that is a bad idea

  • Weston Wesley is a corrections officer in Zimbabwe