Hunger hits Mzimba prison

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Inmates at Mzimba Prison in the northern part of Malawi are facing extreme starvation as they often spend days without eating due to what authorities say is lack of funding for the prison.

During a visit on Tuesday, prisoners told this publication that there has been a shortage of food at the facility for close to three months now but authorities are coy to react.

Prisoners having nothing to eat. (Google image)

Prisoners having nothing to eat. (Google image)

They went on to claim that apart from hunger, the facility is going through a lot of challenges including congestion but despite complaining to authorities, nothing seems to be changing.

“We still face a lot of problems here; we are not eating three times per day this time. Apart from that we are facing a lot of other problems including lack of health attention when we fall sick,” complained one inmate who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Records seen by our reporter indicate that the prison is home to about 574 prisoners. This means that every day, the prisoners have to consume about 10 50kg bags of flour.

Currently, the prison is sourcing its food from well-wishers who usually donates little than needed for prisoners to be fed.

Confirming the predicament, Mzimba Prison officer in charge, commissioner Raphael Mshali told our reporter that the problem has come because the prison has not yet got its November funding.

“We are indeed facing numerous challenges here,” he said. “We fail to feed our prisoners as required because we are yet to get our November funding.”

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  1. Don’t worry bro some people are still living in that past life of uncivilized. Ignorance is a disease. Thy don’t know how to comment cos there is no need of mentioning atumbuka on this prison issue. And more over just because the prison is located in northern region it does not necessarily mean that all the inmates are Tumbukas no. So get wise u illiterate people out their n start reasoning as human beings. Stop living the life of old ages. If one fool is still online hit my inbox let me teach u what life is. U need to grow up. Stories like these needs mature people with a brain to comment not kids n old fools.

  2. Mwamanga mwamangaso kwene mukumanyakuti sima mulije Chiuta wakupeleka nakupoka wamupokani tumaudindo uto pakusuzga mtundu wane

  3. Apatu nkhani ndiyoti boma liyenera kupeza malo oti amalawiwa azizilima okha. Ngati odwala akulephra kupatsidwa chakudya kulibwanji makhaida. Isoveni pamenepa.

  4. Boma limayenera kupereka mpata oti a kaidi azilima okha ngati amachitira kale vutoli likhoza kutha,komaso amilandu yochepa ndi amene alipafupi kumaliza ukaid wao awatulutse

  5. It ‘s high time Malawi introduce community service, becoz you can not be feeding chicken/sweet/napkin thieves for 5yrs. Where do you get the money ?

  6. this regime has fail to hold its people,so if it z so z better to leave them.they spend days without eating anything yet they are working as prison guade required

  7. Alhomwe, Asena, Amang’anja,Atumbuka, Ayao, Achewa, all ov us we r Malawian wina afune asafune we belong 2 dis country, osanyozelana mitundu apa mtundu ulionse ul nd chikhalidwe chakechake sizingatheke kut tizipanga zofanana, ndiy Pliz guyz tizisungilana chikhalidwe, thanks

  8. What kind of founding u are talking about eeeeeeesh!!! Please the authority if u know that there is lake of founding it’s better u must release them there is no need to rock them up when u know that u cannot aford to feed them.#Gift my brother zowonadi and ndidzomvetsa chisoni kuti mphaka lero akadalipobe anthu ena womakamba zakusiyana kwa mitundu pakati pathu, but what we must know for sure we all Malawian atumbuka, ochewa, ayawo, mulomwe, u name them we all Malawian.

  9. Munkangowasunga akaidiwo kuti akuoneni ngati abwino osawalimitsa! Pano akuonderani mukufuna anthu akuthandizeni? Sima uniform dzosakongolazo kupusa! Xieeeew .the prisoners are not a problem but the stupid and mediocry management

  10. Munkangowasunga akaidiwo kuti akuoneni ngati abwino osawalimitsa! Pano akuonderani mukufuna anthu akuthandizeni? Sima uniform dzosakongolazo kupusa! Xieeeew .the prisoners are not a problem but the stupid and mediocry management

  11. PRISON OFFICIAL PLEASE TIGWIRE NTCHITO NGATI NAFE NDIFE ANTHU OZINDIKIRA!!!

    IMAGINE MUNTHU WABA AND HE HAS BEEN SENTENCED LIFE IN PRISON SO YOUR JUST KEEPING HIM FEEDING HIM NOW TIDZIVA ISSUES OF STARVATION!??? SURE!!!!

    LETS MAKE PRISONERS TO FEED THEMSELVES AND ALSO OTHER OUT SIDE THE BAR!!!! MIND YOU IN PRISON, WE CAN FIND PRISONERS WITH DIFFERENT CAREER AND TAKE EXAMPLE OF MSCE (AKUTHA KUMADZIPHUNZITSA OKHA!!!)

    PLEASE PLEASE LETS CHANGE OUR POLICIES!!! MUNTHU WANDI BERA SO YOUR ALSO TAKING MY TAX USING IT TO FEED SUCH PEOPLE WHY!??? WHY!!?? PRISON OFFICIAL LETS BE CREATIVE . CHAKUDYA CHIKUFUNIKA KUPITITSA KU PRISON CHIMAYENERA KUPITA KU CHIPATARA KAPENA KU ORPHANAGE!!!!!

  12. PRISON OFFICIAL PLEASE TIGWIRE NTCHITO NGATI NAFE NDIFE ANTHU OZINDIKIRA!!!

    IMAGINE MUNTHU WABA AND HE HAS BEEN SENTENCED LIFE IN PRISON SO YOUR JUST KEEPING HIM FEEDING HIM NOW TIDZIVA ISSUES OF STARVATION!??? SURE!!!!

    LETS MAKE PRISONERS TO FEED THEMSELVES AND ALSO OTHER OUT SIDE THE BAR!!!! MIND YOU IN PRISON, WE CAN FIND PRISONERS WITH DIFFERENT CAREER AND TAKE EXAMPLE OF MSCE (AKUTHA KUMADZIPHUNZITSA OKHA!!!)

    PLEASE PLEASE LETS CHANGE OUR POLICIES!!! MUNTHU WANDI BERA SO YOUR ALSO TAKING MY TAX USING IT TO FEED SUCH PEOPLE WHY!??? WHY!!?? PRISON OFFICIAL LETS BE CREATIVE . CHAKUDYA CHIKUFUNIKA KUPITITSA KU PRISON CHIMAYENERA KUPITA KU CHIPATARA KAPENA KU ORPHANAGE!!!!!

  13. Prison imayenela ikhale ndi munda wao ngati mene amachitila kudomasi prison amalima mbeu zosiyanax2 moyo wao nkumasangalala moti ena akamawatulusa amachita kunyinyitika kuli kukoma moyo kuprison ya domasi

  14. Prison imayenela ikhale ndi munda wao ngati mene amachitila kudomasi prison amalima mbeu zosiyanax2 moyo wao nkumasangalala moti ena akamawatulusa amachita kunyinyitika kuli kukoma moyo kuprison ya domasi

  15. Please akulu akulu oyang’anira zakudya uka Ku office onesesa osawapasaso chakudya is better to die from aaron chimkes.

  16. Its sad that whenever we comment(some),timaonetsa kusalana…nkhani pano ndi ya maprisoner Ku Zimba but we say atumbuka ee zatere zatere,why do we still live in that spirit of regionalism?This behaviour cannot bring love in this nation….Kodi mitundu imene mukudana nayoyo inakuposani chani?Thanks ife tonse amene we comment on what we have been asked to comment on in the right way.

  17. kkkk atumbuka muzilima kuzolowera zolandira eti anzanu kuchichiri anatsekula mafarm amakolora heavy china amakagulitsa koma inu mungokhala basi kudikilira tsiku lotuluka zaulesi basi

  18. Ndiye kuti alibe munda wa prison kuti adzidyetse okha? Pena pake heads of govt .depts. tikulephera kuyendetsa ntchito ya boma.Umphawi/kusowa kwinaku ndi man made . Ngati alibe minda , mwina timvetsa , kapena mvula inavuta ku Mzimba ? Koma nthawi zambiri mvula sisowa ku Mzima ngati Ku Nsanje , CK Chingale , just to mention but afew places , in MW.

  19. That’s punishment enough! Let them go Scot free. @Harle Alexandro Idyani.i wonder if you would say the same if one of your brothers were in that prison. Have a heart. Not all persons in prisons did wrong. Others were just accused.

    • What I mean is not everyone who is in jail is wrong…be it my brother or not…everyone deserves a second chance. Yes even if they did wrongs. They don’t deserve to be treated like animals and starved. You’ve got a pathetic heart! and a cheap mind! @Yong Bok Noh

  20. Ndiye Mkumati Boma La DDP Silikupha Pamenepa? Munthu Kukhala Kundende Sikutathauza Kuti Alibenso Mwayi Wokhala Ndimoyo Ndikutukula Dziko, Mkulakwa Kuwakhazika Wosadya Anthuwo. Sindikamba Zambiri Poti Mawa Ndichaka Chatsopano Ndikungowafunira Zabwino Zonse Anthu Amene Ali Muzipatala, Kundende Komanso Wonse Wosoweka Kuti Mulungu Akawapatse Moyo Woleza Ndiwachifundo Munthawi Yonse Yamoyo Wawo. HAPPY NEW YEAR

  21. thats a very sad news. some of those inmates might be on ARVs and with the scarce of the food their health will continue to deteriorate. the problem with us as a country is we dont have a clear and a sound policy that directs how prisons are to be managed and financed. if we could have had one, i do believe all these problems like food shortages and overcrowding in prisons.

  22. koma ndie atumbuka zawachulukiratu ndamva kutinso kwagwa muliri wa chiwewe pano ndi njala kkk mukanyanya kusamalika wakwiya nanu mlengi musova

  23. bola kuwatulusa azizisakila yekha,kumanga munthu mwamumana dzuwa,mphepo ndi abale,ndiye asadyeso? ndiye tili ku babulo bolaso uko amadya

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