One woman out of 197 prisoners released for Christmas:  Malawi gender activists cry foul

Local media reports are indicating that only one woman is among 197 prisoners which Malawi president Peter Mutharika has pardoned as part of Christmas celebrations.

Kaliya:  Gender imbalance in the pardon

Kaliya: Gender imbalance in the pardon

The development has angered gender rights campaigners.

A statement from Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security says the pardoned prisoners are those who have served at least half of their prison sentences, with good behavior and were not convicted of serious offences.

“The pardon of the 197 prisoners is a symbol of forgiveness as the country commemorates its Christmas and New Year Celebrations”, says the statement

However prison officials have told a local radio that only one woman is among those pardoned.

Malawi Prison spokesperson Evance Phiri says it was difficult to release more than one woman because most of the women who are currently serving jail terms are those who committed serious offenses like murder.

Phiri says the only woman who has been pardoned committed a minor offense of theft.

Coordinator for Gender Coordinating Network Emma Kaliya says this is unfair challenged the prison authorities to come up with a list of all women prisoners and the crimes they committed

“It is not true that from Nsanje to Karonga all but one woman committed murder offenses. We just believe there was bias in selecting those to be released” said Kaliya.

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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47 thoughts on “One woman out of 197 prisoners released for Christmas:  Malawi gender activists cry foul”

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s unfair yes, that’s very clear to all, but they are getting away with it.What else can one expect when some people are not willing to even admit that certain elements of this patriachal culture are severely retrogressive? I mean if one even tries to raise such a point they are immediately shouted down from all corners and accused of being unMalawian or even worse KU LONGOLOLA ( that unforgiveable offense no woman dare commit).

  2. ZAKO says:

    AZIMAI ndizigawenga

  3. bamusi says:

    Impoper fraction unless u convince me that there was only a single woman in malawi jails. Shame!!!

  4. Galu wapananji Mwale says:

    This is un fair! Kukondela tmakondela koma apa pokha zawonjeza! mutiuza bwino za mzimayi ameneyi

  5. jonas says:

    and cedep & chrr will say there is no gay who has been pardoned

  6. jonas says:

    wina naye abwera aziti there is no gay who has been released

  7. Mailosi Tangukumwa says:

    You advocates don’t just jump on anything and talk nonsense let the law do its work those women you are talking about committed offences and we’re sentenced accordingly so what’s your issue? To pardon a prisoner is the prerogative of the Head of State and it shouldn’t be advocated as if it’s a right it’s just a privilege

  8. George Lihoma says:

    Go back to your drawing board and redevise your homework.Did you ever asked the Correctional Servises(Prison) to update you on their inmates roll.Shame on you.Akaidi aakazi mmalawi muno ndi ocheepa kwambiri and for your information.Saathithikana,when we talk about overcrowding its ONLY male cells.Tafunsani kaye akaidi ali paZomba pokha,nde mumve aakazi ndi angati.Gender imakambidwa pali kaubwino,pakavuta siikambidwa mumati ndife azimai.Ndinu otani anthu.

  9. ndalakwanji says:

    happy new year

  10. ENLIGHTENED says:

    YES! REMEMBER BAKILI MULUZI -CLIVE MACHOLOWE SAGA.MR KYROC SHAME ON YOR LACK OF KNOWLEGE ABOUT PRECEDENCE IN MALAWI.IS YO HARDISK OF SMALL MEMORY OR MAYBE IT CLASHED.OR MAYBE U FOLLOW BLINDLY? A MALAWI SACHEDWA KUIBALA.ME AM ZAMBIAN AND IN THE SWIM ABOUT WAT HAPENS IN YO MALAWI

  11. sapitwa says:

    Its true most women prisoners are murderers but you give freedom to men they kill and rob cash

  12. Mbolo Sidwala! says:

    Kaliya, u are a disgrace to the women folk and Malawi society. Remember the 50-50 campaign prior the general elections? U told the nation that you had failed and the only option was for you to step down. Ndiye panu mukufuna chiyani? The conditions for one to be pardoned are well sitipulated and samaona umaliseche wa munthu! It’s only people who fail to read between the lines like you who can be putting forward senseless arguments like yours! Go around the prisons yourself and see whether the women in question do qualify! It’s one way of justifying fatty allowances you draw. By the way, do you find time to visit these women in prisons to assess the eligibility for pardon, if I may ask? If you did that, perhaps you could have given recommendations to the authorities for consideration.

  13. pilizi says:

    Kodi ndi aunt Tiwo?

  14. pilizi says:

    This dark funy shaped kaliya must resign. She uses her wide mouth more that actions on ground. Look she goofed on women elections. Now she has only one woman on parole and you still keep her employed. All she knows is chewing NGO gender money alone. I mean when shall she deliver?

  15. kyroc says:

    king solomons wisdom should change your name to hitler because there is no substance in your comment. the issue is not of women supporting women but justice. there is no gender issue in criminology and legal practice. plz don’t be stupid again don’t force yaself to comment when u know u r wanting.zikufunika anthu anzeru okha okha izi osati aliyense.chilungamo ndi chowawa mundikhululukire if u feel like i have wronged u.
    to ms kaliya please don’t just waffle anyhow as dogs on heat. don’t just jump from one issue to another. u and seod white should finish issues regarding homo sexuality and lesbianism (pervism) may the almighy hand of of the ALMIGHTY strike you dead. you are littering our beatiful mother malawi. u r just a bunch of nincopoops! kaliya osamangoyankhula zopanda nzeru we got a lot of problems to solve in malawi viz a viz water problem,economy,security,education etecetera. so get out with ya foolish gender issue. kaliya and seod are just dirty and mentally disturbed bitches

    1. ENLIGHTENED says:

      KYROC IS A BLIND FOLOWER ITS TRUE.WHERE WERE U WHEN BAKILI MULUZI PARDONED MACHOLOWE-CONVICTED MURDERER AND ROBBER?BINGU WAMUTHARIKA LATER PUSHED THE CONVICT. BACK INTO PRISON.ZAKUPWETEKANI MAYBE U WERE RELATED.VIVA KALIYA VIVA KINGSOLOMONS WISDOM.THE READERS WIL JUDGE BTWEEN YO COMENT AND MRS KING SOLOMONS WISDOM.AMALAWI SACHEDWA KUIWALILA

  16. Wokumbambuna says:

    Zinazi kumangoyang’ana inu mukuganiza kuti mabwana akuluakulu ali ku prison kuja ena ndi azikulu ampingo mmachalichimu angakhale opanda nzeru kapena okondera? Palibe nkhani apa kambani vuto lina ife timawapatsa ulemu ogwira ntchito ku prison chifukwa akuthandiza kusintha chikhalidwe cha anthu omwe akupangitsa kuti chitukuko chizibwelera m’mbuyo mdziko muno. Ngati mai mulibe chonena mungokhala chete.

  17. Mavi patako says:

    Palibe nkani apa zopusa basi.

  18. Den says:

    Kaliyah be reasonable for once! Spare us of that trash. Those women in prison now are far worse than their fellow men folks in prison. This shows bias used by courts in sending people to prison, women with some serious offenses are left to reform from outside prisons while men with very minor offenses are kept rotting in prisons. Women who are sent to prisons are the crim of criminals that ever walked the earth. Even if there was none to be pardoned, I would never have been surprised. Kaliyah usatibowe with opus a zakozo, zinakukanika za 50:50 campaign apa and you shall neve achieve that. And one of the weaknesses of women including yourself if the inability to think rationaly as you have demonstrated

  19. kasparov says:

    Simunamumvetse mai Kaliya. Iye akuti, statistically, ndizosatheka kuti a zimai onse mu prison ndi a milandu ya murder. Kodi bwanji kumangotsutsa ziri zonse. REMEMBER MACHOLOWE SAGA

  20. Tiwonge says:

    Seodi white sangapange nawo zopusa za akaliyazo ai kulira zopanda pake basi. Eshiiiii!!?!!

  21. Mutimutitopesepo ndi zagenda zanuzo mesa zinatuluka mfasho pano ndi ebola,bokohalam ndi cashgate.the problems is that you people want to be treated like delicate materials,you want free & takeaways without you sweating..hand to mouth..do you want the prisons to pardon murderers…hei akiller is akiller either man or woman palibe za killer wamuna mankazi killerless. ayi…justice cant be substituted for gender..ndikale lija munayamba kutisokosela mutidwalisepo makutu..inu kunsika genda,pamsewu genda,kusukulu,kunyumba,kuntchito..mayeso amene genda pano mwakalowa kundende mawa muzanena kuti akumangileni ndende zagenda mutisegulise m’mimba pano

  22. bratusha says:

    Much as I may be deficient of the criteria that were used for the parole of prisoners, Ms Kaliya outburst are baseless and empty. Firstly, I don’t think she has statistics as to know the proportion of male inmates to female prisoners. I am not sure whether she has in depth statistics as to how many of the total number of female inmates had improve their behavior to be legally included in the number of those prisoners who met the criteria for pardon. Ms Kalaya employ a statistician to help your organization calculate all this using the Chi-Square. In the absence of the aforementioned basis your call is devoid of substance and validity.

  23. Yankees says:

    U cant enforce 50 50 campain yet u want some Benefits out of your Enforsements, do it in good faith osati tipeze kena kake ayi, tamvani atenga amachim,o abwinoko oba Nkhuku osati mzimayi ogulitsa machende ayi, ndiye mmafuna Peter yo akakhululukile otaya mwana mchimbudzi ayi amachinditsa yekha, Shame?!

  24. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    AS I SAID B4, MALAWI BEING TOO CORUPT;THERE IS NEED FOR TRANSPARENCY AND FAIRNES ON THIS MATTER.MALAWIANS AM SURE U HAV NOT 4GOTEN THE BAKILI MULUZI -CLIVE MACHOLOWE SAGA. THUMBS UP TO MAMA EMMA KALIYA.FELO MLAWANS LETS CONTRIBUTE CONSTRUCTIVELY TO NYASA TIMES SO WE MAKE BETTER MALAWI.WOMEN WAKE UP AND SUPORT EMMA KALIYAS CAUSE.!!MY SUGESTION IS THERE SHOULD ALWAYZ B INDEPENDENT VERIFICATION OF LIST B4 FINAL SIGNATURE BY PRESIDENT.PRISON LIFE CAN AT TIMES BE MATA OF LIFE & DEATH.PLS DONT PLAY WITH OTHER PPLES LIFE.WE DO NOT WANT SECRECY ONTHIS MATA PLS CSOs SUPPORT THIS WOMANS VIEW.ANY MATHEMATICIAN AGREES WITH ME DAT STATISTICS HERE ARE TOO SKEWED.THIS IS IMPOSIBLE THINGS DO NOT ADD UP.MOREOVER B CAREFUL OF NEPOTISM IN THIS MATA. THIS IS MY POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION.MAY GOD BLESS THE OPRESSD & GOD JUDGES EVIL TAKE CARE.GOD BLESS U MAMA EMMA KALIYA.THIS IS LHM -SO LONG AND HAPPYHAPPY NEW YR

  25. Its much better to release all prisoners than one

  26. walijechi says:

    some women are just born with venom in their mouth palibe nkhani apa.

  27. Hey mai, pardoning is not all about gender or how serious the case is. Its forgiving, if i were the president i could pardon even some muderers, cashgaters and any convict without considering how their case was. Thats pardoning.

  28. m'bantu says:

    This is not a gender issue at all. shame on u kaliya.

  29. Moses says:

    Mai Kaliya, How many female prisoners are there and how many were sentence to minor offence and have served half of their sentences. If you have such information you can confront the authorities for bias assessment of female prisoners. Don’t just make noise without facts. Phokoso basi.

  30. mbuya says:

    Shaaaaaa…Why cry foul? If the women are murderers you want them to be released because they are women? Do not bring shame on women with that kind of reasoning.

  31. bafuta says:

    do you want fifty fifty campaign when it comes to releasing female prisoners mwasowa ntchitotu anthuni

  32. Amazing says:

    Apatu what a kaliya akufuna ndi quota system. Tsono akuona kuti siinatheke. Komatu fans ina ya ku Nyika imadana ndi quota system.

  33. Kenn says:

    Izitu zitipwetetsa mutundithu becoz sitidziwa no. Yafimelo prisoners, their crime/sentence pezani kaye zimenezo we will have smthng to say.

  34. kement says:

    This woman is a total failure. You should have visited the prisons earlier and have figures/reasons at your fingertips ready for the xmas pardons which you are customerly aware of. No one will do that job for you.You do not have legal or elective powers to command for that list.. Everyone is aware that you dismally failed in the 50-50 campaign and you this is issue enough to attract donations to again ‘millionise’ yourself. Shame.

  35. Wongani says:

    Mayi Kaliya, you are just want to make noise for nothing. Who are you so that the prison authorities should bring to you all the names and offences of all improsoned women? There are set conditions that need to be followed when considering who to be pardoned. Otherwise beg for the list of those pre-set conditions for you to be making necessary noise than a list of imprisoned women.

  36. ascontail says:

    Kaliya, never getting wiser with age. The same stupid, useless bitch. Asshole!

  37. Chisoni says:

    A Kaliya,kumaona zolirira! You mean,zigandaga za chizimayi zitulutsidwe just because they are women? On the set guidelines,there is no mention of gender. Let those that qualify be pardoned,aaaah!

  38. Mulhako says:

    Not one please…..

  39. Vuka says:

    Kaliya????????!!!!! shut up!!! Paliponse azimayi!!!! if they ddnt mit da requirements umafuna Pitala atani? Uziona zolira nawe!!!

  40. I don’t have anything to say because Iam really MALAWI

  41. opportunist says:

    So u want murderers to be released. Shame

  42. kanyika dickson says:

    mwasowa zomenyela ufulu a kaliya

  43. Fairness says:

    Should women be released on gender consideration or because they meet the set guidelines? If they don’t qualify let them continue rotting in jail period!

  44. Patriot says:

    Musova.
    Kaya Seodi White akutipo chani kaya?

    1. Fairness says:

      Pajatu akudya bwino with the Reforms Commission so her mouth is full with Blue stuff

      1. Anonymous says:

        Not true! Activists like Seodi White do not receive enough support when they tackle important issues concerning gender. Do not then blame them when they sit back and fold their arms in frustration.

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