Fugitive Chirwa recaptured: 23-year-old escaped from Mzuzu Prison

Mzuzu Prison Officers on Monday this week recaptured a 23 year old fugitive who escaped from custody about two years ago.

The recapture of the fugitive followed a tip from well-wishers about his whereabouts in the city.

Joseph Chirwa, 23, of Maona Village, T/A Mtwalo in Mzimba District, escaped from Mzuzu Prison on May 4, 2013, having served five months only of his fifteen month jail term.

He was convicted on 9 January, 2013 after being found guilty of theft by the Magistrate Court in Mzuzu.

Soon after escaping from prison, Chirwa went to Jenda in the district where he laid low for about four months at his grandmother’s house before deciding to return in the city at Luwinga where he worked as a carpenter at a certain coffin workshop.

According to Mzuzu Prison Publicist, Macbeth Wasambo, Chirwa escaped while he was doing some construction works at the female prison section together with other prisoners.

“Upon receiving a tip, the prison service deployed five prison officers to recapture the escapee who, at this time, was working at Luwinga Coffin workshop within the city,” said Wasambo.

The prison PRO said since these cases are rare, the recapture of Chirwa will sound an alarm to other prisoners who also harbour intentions to escape, that Mzuzu prison will not just sit and watch them do that.

Meanwhile, Joseph Chirwa is expected to appear before the court of law to answer charges of escaping from a lawful custody.


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osagwira akuba anew1 bwanji………mukulimbana ndi akalekale

mosted tembo


Wasambo Majuba

oterewa ndi osawasiya,severe punishment must follow

Chief Cadet

Leave this guy and set him free,a reformed person he was working as a carpenter.Good for our country. A Police mukuti mwagwira ntchito apa? Useless !

Romeo Nazombe

lamulo likuyenera kugwila ntchito kwa olakwa

Romeo Nazombe

lamulo ligwile ntchito kwaolakwa bas

aunt kanene

I command in Jesus name set free all prisoners for God himself will judge them,set them free now.


Malinga ndi malamulo a dziko la malawi chirwa’anamaliza chilango chake

Blessed Banda

If top officials in Police and Prisons read nyasa times and these comments then get it from here that they search in Viphya Forest Plantations commonly known as Chikangawa, in the following areas: Champhoyo, Chitenje 1 and 2 and some pockets where timber production is still in progress. A lot of criminals are there.


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