ZIMBABWE JAILS V PARIS HILTON IN JAIL
- 27/5/2007 <--Prev : Next-->
ZIMBABWE JAILS COMPARED TO PARIS HILTON IN JAIL...
The media over the past few weeks in many parts of the world, has been totally obsessed
with wealthy playgirl Paris Hilton and her impending jail sentence.... "poor little Rich
Girl".... Such nightmares await her in her 45 day (now reduced to 20 odd days)
confinement away from the Highlife...
Photographs of her impending jail cell show a neat, pristine, although small space with a
double bunk bed sporting a substantial padded mattress, air conditioning and a sparkling
Poor Paris will however not be allowed to wear makeup ...horrors of all horrors.... no hair
extensions are allowed...ghastly thought ..
She will be in an orange jump-suit and her cell phone, her crystal-encrusted trademark,
will be banned as well. But not being able to text and talk with her celebrity friends will be
the least of Hilton's worries.
"She's going to be assigned a two-person cell, Hilton, like all inmates, would be confined
to her quarters 23 hours a day.
She will be allowed out of her cell once a day for an hour to shower, stretch her legs, use
the telephone or watch television in a jail-house day room according to reports.
Hilton's cellmate, if she gets one, will be another individual serving time for a serious
driving infraction or other non-violent offence.
Paris will get three meals a day, all taken in her cell, but like the jail's furnishings, nothing
fancy - cereal or yoghurt with fruit for breakfast, a sandwich or hamburger for lunch, and
a hot meal such as chicken for dinner!
The jail's schedule also will make it hard for Hilton to keep the late hours she is
accustomed to. Breakfast is served between 6am and 7.30am, and lights are turned out at
Hilton landed in hot water for driving her car without a valid license earlier this year while
on probation for an alcohol-related reckless driving offence.
County officials stressed that Paris Hilton will be equipped with protection when she enters
jail. The hotel heiress will be provided a panic button to alert jail guards if she feels
threatened by her fellow prison inmates.
Most educated people are just shaking their heads at all the hype, she did after all break
the law, and that's what counts in civilised countries.
We Women of Zimbabwe are shaking our heads in disgust at what the poor lass has ahead
of her, someone should come to Zimbabwe and interview one of our Gallant Woza women
and ask them what life in a Zimbabwe jail entails.
Jeni, Magodonga, Abigail and hundreds of our brave WOZA women have spent countless
days and nights in jails ... and for reasons totally different to those of Miss Hilton. Dare to
stage a peaceful Valentines day march, handing out roses and kind words. Dare to sit
peacefully in front of an office protesting quietly and without any violence, praying against
horrifying human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.
Show one inch of spunk and the Zimbabwe Government gets into a panic, sends in its
police and riot troops, and our women, babies, mothers and grandmothers are badly
beaten and thrown into jail without any recourse to legal representation, without food and
water and without doubt into the filthiest jail conditions the world over. I quote a reporter
from the London Times who dared to fall foul of the authorities.
" After five days in a concrete and iron-bar tank, with no food and only a few sips of water,
my skin was flaking and my clothes were slipping off. A prison blanket had given me lice.
The water I had palmed from a rusty tap in the shower had given me diarrhoea. Under a
24-hour strip light, I hadn't slept more than a few minutes at a time. And I stank. So many
men had passed through Cell 6 that they had left their smell on the walls, and while I was
making my own stink, the walls were also passing theirs onto me."
The journalist was one of the lucky Zimbabwean prisoners, he had a cell to himself, most
Zimbabwean detainees are not so lucky. They are usually crowded into cells where there
is standing room only, where if one needs to lie down the rest must stand. Where the
latrine is overflowing onto the floor ....... where there are no blankets, where there is no
food, edible or inedible.
Its June in Zimbabwe and our temperatures can get below freezing at night .... but then i
suppose when there are forty of you in a cell meant for two, cold is not an issue !
Sadly the world has its priorities all wrong.......