Tembenu lies on food for prisoners: Malawi Justice Minister tells EU inmates to get 3 meals a day

Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Samuel Tembenu has been accused of lying after he told a delegation of European Union that inmates at Mzimba Prison would now start getting three meals a day.

Life in Malawi's Prisons, one meal a day

Life in Malawi’s Prisons, one meal a day

Inmates at the prison said it was mockery for Tembenu to tell donors lies.

“We are still eating once a day,“ said one inmate when Women’s Guild members from Kaphuta CCAP donated food items to the 574 inmates as part of Christmas festive activities of the church.

Tembenu made the promise recently when he received electric cooking pots from the EU.

Incharge of the prison Raphael Mushali said the inmates eat once a day at 8am.

“The problem has worsened because we did not get the November funding. The situation is dire because we survive on donations from well wishers,” said Mushali.

The situation is the same at Kachere Juvenile Centre in Lilongwe where officials told Chancellor College alumni that there were concerned that the child offenders take one meal a day.

The Chancellor College alumni had gone to the centre to donate bathing and launmdry soap and engaged the child offenders in career talk so that they make a right choice on their future career when they get out of the youth offenders reformatory prison.

Inspector Chirwa of the institution asked more well wishers to come forward to help the young offenders with food.

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24 thoughts on “Tembenu lies on food for prisoners: Malawi Justice Minister tells EU inmates to get 3 meals a day”

  1. wawa says:

    this needs to change please these are people some are innocent

  2. Chigawaneni says:

    Nzosadabwitsa kuti atsogoleri athu amanena/amayankhula zonama ngati izi. If we go by JB, did they get into those positions honestly?

  3. Koma ????? says:

    HOW COME THESE PRISONS ARE UNABLE TO PRODUCE OWN FOOD…ALL THE LABOUR, TIME AND LAND AT HAND! SAY KASUNGU FOR EXAMPLE, SO MUCH ARABLE LAND AND SO IS THE CASE IN OTHER PRISONS.,, VERY VAST AMOUNTS OF ARABLE LAND BUT UNUSED! BE INNOVATIVE FOR ONCE! GIVE ADEQUATE SUPPORT, THESE PRISONS CAN FEED THEMSELVES through out the year!

  4. NZERU ZANGA says:

    Its a proper sad situation that people entrusted n working this country keep lying through their teeth, if they have any that is (ena amakhakala ngati onse anaguluka).

    Its ad that from the President himself to the minsters, to junior ministers, to PS’s to spokespersons…all think that lying to people somehow its ok. In other countries that respect the constitution and all, these would have gone long time ago..forced to resign.

    President ndi uja amanamiza ma donors akuti we should not publicise umphawi, well fuck off..everyone knows that we are poor and you admitting it is called truthfulness. Now minister uyu, lying as well on such an issue, musaiwale kuti mumakalowamo mmenemotu. Oh paja amakubweretselani ma spaghetti bolognese. if this country is to develop then truth matters do act as if you are capable when obviously you ain’t. I have never seen such stupid leadership …we don’t need this.

  5. Jimbo says:

    Malawi is a bankrupt country lead by a bankrupt government.

  6. Tonny says:

    Eish koma ma prisoner ndiye amazionera ey. Ena akuwapasa zinthu zopanga expire. Ena akunena mabodza kuti akudyetsedwa three times a day. Koma ndiye zilikotu.

  7. bonkers says:

    that’s bonkers

  8. Viyazi Tembo says:

    failed, sorry nation MALAWI……

  9. Mark Saoneka says:

    We eat inorder to live and have good health. It is a right for every person to have food. Being denied the right to eat must not be interpreted as punishment for the crimes they committed at all. The gvt shud be serious enough with this and u leaders are not immune to laws, one day will be inmate and meet same in prison scenario, what will u do?

  10. DR.CASHGATE says:

    A Tembenu nanu mwaphunzira kunama, zoona ndende yaku Malawi ndani angadye chakudya katatu pa tsiku.

  11. Benjones says:

    SHAME shame shame !!!!!!!

  12. utitiri says:

    Prisons used have vast lands, they can utilize it for feeding themselves. Look at all the land at Kasungu, Domasi, Mikuyu Prisons and many other places. These Farm Prisons used to produce enough food for all the Prisons in Malawi.

  13. haha says:

    Just give them expired margarine from Uniliver if they have no food

  14. La 40 Lakwana says:

    No truth to come out of this gay government .

  15. Beast Msonda says:

    Funding funding yachani? My tax money is not for feeding convicts. It is for developmental projects. Please prison authorities be innovative and generate your own income and food. Use these convicts to develop this country and not the vice versa.

  16. Brazilian Wax says:

    Kodi ndimayesa mbuyomu tinamva kuti anzawo ake Zomba akulima mpunga wambiri. Awanso akhoza kumalima mbewu yomwe imalola kwambiri mdera lakwawolo ndikumadzidyetsa komanso kumathandizira mzipatala. But we should at the same time be careful with the unintended consequences. The life in prison should not mimic that of law abiding citizens in the outside world lest we increase crime rate because if prisons are turned into paradise there wont be social deterrent from committing crime.

  17. zayakunkhongo says:

    Implisoned with hard labour but they can produce food for themselves where do they do hard labour if not farming?

  18. Prison says:

    At least you eat one meal a day, criminal as you are. The fellows you left at home have been surviving on boiled mangoes which is getting out of season. Now they are scarveging on madeya (maize bran).

  19. Mashamase says:

    Mapwevupwevu avuta

  20. karonga says:

    Likoswe uli boooo! Ndi zowona zimene ukunena. Akalime zawo akaidiwo. Awete Khuku, ngombe, mbzi. There are important issues than them. HERE IT LOOKS LIKE CRIME PAYS. Europian Union alibe nazo zochita ndlamazo? Osathandiza mabvuti ali ku Malawiko bwanji. Kodi azunguwa anakhala bwanjiiii?

  21. chindaxi says:

    In Malawi we are not using prisoners at the fullest…. We could not lack food. Let these prisoners do the work for free..Govt could just provide land and farm inputs…..

    The produce could be distributed in prisons, hospitals, government schools.

    Let’s use our heads people.

  22. ZAMKUTU says:

    Inu ma prisoners ndinu agalu ndithu, you terrorise anthu m’midzimu ndiye mukufuna to be having food from the same taxpayers mukuwapanga terrorise through government…….zitsilu!

  23. Alex Likoswe says:

    Let them go farming and feed themselves. Simple policy issue

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