Malawi President pardons 197 prisoners

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has pardoned 197 prisoners as part this year’s Christmas and New Year Celebrations.

Inmates who had shown remorse for their crimes to walk to freedom

Inmates who had shown remorse for their crimes to walk to freedom

In a statement released by Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security on Wednesday it said the 197 prisoners who have been pardoned are those who have served at least half of their prison sentences, with good behaviour and were not convicted of serious offences

“ Pardon of the 197 prisoners is a symbol of forgiveness as the country commemorates its Christmas and New Year Celebrations,” said Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security in a statement.

The pardoning of prisoners is common in Malawi during independence celebrations, as well as at Easter and at Christmas

The country’s 23 prisons are notorious for the poor conditions in which inmates are kept.

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18 thoughts on “Malawi President pardons 197 prisoners”

  1. maonga Village says:

    many plans about robbery are made in prison

  2. Mark chikweni says:

    Aziwalemba maina awo kuti tiziwaziwa ‘coz ena amana kuti anali ku Joni abwera pa depotee!

  3. sense says:

    Once a thug always a thug

  4. We want casgate thieves to replace those released as soon as possible. We want Pika Manondo, Paul Mphwiyo, Leonard Karonga, Joster Njanji and many more in the prisons now. Ralph Kasambara should be sent to jail as well. He continues to defend bad people. We want Bakili Muluzi there too.

    1. pina says:

      Zoona. Government akanawangwitsa ntchito akaidi ngati kusesa munseu, kudzala mitengo, kulima minda ya boma, ngati masamba amituntu onse. Kuumba njwera. Pali za mbiri zoti akaidi angamachite. Osamagonya muntendemo. Chotchoso kubwa kuchepa, chifukwa anthu aziopa.

  5. fkr says:

    If a person is a thief chop off his hand. If he is a rapist chop off his dick. If he is a murderer chop off the head !!!!!!! Simple solution, we will never have to have prisons again. There will be no crime in Malawi

  6. swiswiri mbewa says:

    Our prisons are overcrowded mainly by people serving sentences that can be described as petty crimes like stealing chickens or maize cobs. Such crimes should be adjudicated by local leaders or should attract community work as punishment. Otherwise some of the petty criminals finish their sentences as hard core criminals after being ‘inspired’ by incarcerated armed robbers. Our nation also has to create employment opportunies for the youths so as to be positively contributing to the national economic development.

  7. Bob says:

    Release those that are not a threat to the public otherwise with the current security breakdown Malawians will have tough time.

  8. good show Mr President!Keep it up!

  9. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    THANX.BUT HISTORY HAS SHOWN DAT TRANSPARENCY IS RARELY UPHELD.REMEMBER HOW MULUZI PARDONED MACHOLOWE? & LATER BINGU PUT HIM BACK? DO U REMEMBER JOYCE BANDA ROUMAR DAT …LET THIS GESTURE NOT BE SKEWED TOWARDS ANY KINSMEN OR TRIBE.I SUGEST NAMES MUST BE PUBLISHD IN PRINT MEDIA AND AUDITED.

  10. Ukhululuka ndiye mwakhululuka koma akaidi asakhale achigawo chimodzi koma. mufikile zigawo zose kuti zi balance know.

  11. aphiri says:

    Problem is corruption from the selecting authority. Those whose relatives hv money will be pardoned. President doesn’t know their background

  12. Peter Mathanyula Wakuba says:

    Release after Christmas. This time they will just give us headaches

  13. Kanyimbi says:

    Shaaaaa! Mbava azikhululukira kuti tivutikenso nthawi ya Christmas.

  14. Namarokoro says:

    Dragons have been unleashed…

  15. bamusi says:

    Bola tisamve kuti a cashgate nawonso akhululukidwa. Chaka cha mmawa adzakhulukire akayidi wonse kapena osakhululukira wina aliyense kuti adzatchuke.

  16. BOLA ASAONONGESO MAKATUNDU ANTHU AWANTHU, KUBASO, KUPANGA ZIWAWA, NDEU, NDI KUGWIRILA ANA AKAZI NDI KUPANGA MATHENYULA.

    LANDILANI YESU NDIPO LOLANI MUDZIMU OYERA ALOWE MMITIMA YANU +

  17. Emmatuwa says:

    bwino apulezideti musatimasulire akabwere bwere chifukwa tibvutitsanso midzi mwathumu. chonde muonetsetse kuti anthu amene mukwamasulawo milandu yawo isakhale yaikulu.

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