Karonga Prison Inmates Get an Independence-Day Treat


Inmates at Karonga Prison were all smiles as women from the prison made a donation of assorted items, marking Malawi’s 60th independence celebration today, July 6th, writes Lusekero Mhango.

Speaking during the handover of the items, Chairperson of Women at Karonga Prison, Dambuzo Msiska, said the gesture was made in the spirit of togetherness, taking into consideration the welfare of the inmates. She thanked the women’s social welfare committee for mobilizing the items to fulfill its mandate of looking after less privileged people in society.

“Every year we make donations on this day to people, and this year we thought of alleviating the plight of inmates at our prison,” Msiska said.

Assistant Superintendent Shadrick Kachale at Karonga Prison welcomed the donation, saying it will alleviate some challenges encountered by inmates at the institution. “The government tries as much as it can to fulfill its mandate, but there are also other emerging challenges, so any assistance of items is greatly appreciated,” he said.

Kachale has since appealed for more assistance from well-wishers as the facility faces challenges, including inadequate space for inmates and basic necessities to help sustain their welfare. The donated items included washing soap, soft beverages & baked scones.

Karonga Prison has 94 prisoners against the holding capacity of 50 inmates that the cell was designed for, according to Kachale.

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