Kabare central prison in South Kivu has just registered one more death due to Hunger. According to Emmanuel Bengheya, president of the Kabare Civil Society, this detainee was called Papy Mashimango and died on the morning of Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from lack of food.
The victim is from Katanga and was sentenced to 8 years in prison. He had already served 7 years and 6 months and should leave prison next September; civil society reports, citing part its of detained colleagues.
Due to a lack of food, the health situation of more than 250 detainees deteriorates further and the prison risks registering several other cases of death for lack of food beyond the inhumane conditions in which the detainees live. Currently, there is a shortage of drugs and food says the same source. Provincial government invited to respond to emergency.
“Cases of illness are also reported in this prison house and unfortunately the detainees do not have access to quality health care, for lack of medicines in the prison dispensary. Besides health, there is also the hygiene of these prisoners. Access to drinking water for personal hygiene is a major challenge. ”
Contacted on this subject, the provincial Minister of Justice and Human Rights confirmed the death of this detainee but rejected the circumstances of his death and spoke for his part that: “the Kabare hospital report reached me and it proves that the inmate died of an illness ”
This civic structure is asking the provincial government to rescue inmates from Kabare prison by honoring its promise to inmates of the endowment of US $ 1,000 per month when it visited Kabare a few months ago. This money would be used to meet the basic needs of its prisoners.
Since the beginning of the year, this prison has just registered its third death due to either lack of food or poor sanitary and hygienic conditions.