HARARE: Former MP, Munyaradzi Kereke says he has adjusted to life at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, his home for the next 10 years.

He was jailed for raping his 11-year-old niece at gunpoint seven years ago.  “I no longer ask why I am here, but I am taking this opportunity to learn new things daily. I am strong because my conscience is free. Jeri hombe riri mupfungwa (The greatest suffering is in one’s mind). I used to be a selfish person, but with what I am experiencing in here, my perception towards people has changed.

“We treat each other as brothers and that is what we are supposed to do even when we are free out there. Water is very limited and if you do not own a bucket it is difficult for you to get a bath. We share what we have as a family. A cell that should accommodate 15 people may at times carry double that number. There is also the issue of sickness among inmates. But you have to face it, this is a prison and the conditions are meant to be rehabilitative,” he told The Sunday Mail in an interview.