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Smelly Dube donates US$10k goodies to Shurugwi female prison


SHURUGWI-River Valley Group of Companies chief executive officer, Dr Smelly Dube yesterday handed over a renovated staff barracks block, groceries, sanitary wear and blankets worth US$10 000 to the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) in Shurugwi.

 The donation include the construction of a creche and sinking of a solarized borehole at the female prison complex which will help them to venture into horticulture farming projects.

Speaking at the hand over ceremony which was attended by traditional leaders from Shurugwi District, Dr Dube commended the good relationship between her organization and the ZPCS.

She said River Valley Group of Companies always prioritises giving back to the community from which it operates in.

“As River Valley group, we have a long standing relationship with the Shurugwi Community especially Shurugwi Female Prison. We work hand in hand with the officer In-Charge Prisons and do celebrations here with inmates and their children,” she said.

Dube who won several international accolades for her philanthropic work added that it was her company’s wish to continue supporting the ZPCS events as well as providing material support on a regular basis.

She said, “leaders are duty bearers and should put all their hands on the deck to help those who are in need from the heart”.

Dr Dube encouraged female inmates not to lose hope and abide by the prison rules.

Meanwhile, Shurugwi Female Prison Officer In-Charge Superintendent Wadzanai Zimunya who stood in for the Officer Commanding Midlands Province, Commissioner Somemore Gate praised Dr Dube and River Valley group for their unwavering support in developing the Shurugwi prison.

“River Valley properties have shown us that they are our all- weather friend. They stand by us and continue supporting Shurugwi prison officers and inmates just as they have done with other deserving cases in Shurugwi and other places. This is a typical example of a woman providing for other women,” said Sup Zimunya.

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