Video clip shows Malawi Prison warders brutalise prisoners: One died

It has emerged that prison wardens brutally assaulted two inmates that escaped from Chichiri prison in January to the point that one dies and the other was on the brink of death and needed urgent medical attention.

Inside Malawi prison

Inside Malawi prison

An amateur video taken from a mobile phone seen by Nyasa Times shows  prison warders with attacking Madison John (from Nchima village ,TA Nsamala Balaka)  and  John Emmanuel (from Chapala village, TA Kasisi Chikwawa) at Chitawira Township; dragging them to the road , kicking them mercilessly.

They faced s several blows to the head, deforming their face, kicks in the abdomen and the head.

When contacted for an official version of what had transpired, Malawi Prison Service spokesman John  Mpopo, while confirming a prisoner had indeed died while attempting to flee, denied suggestions that he was beaten by warder

Mpopo claimed the inmates were assaulted by civilians in Chitawira who captured them when they were on the run.

He suggests the runaway deceased inmate tumbled to his death as he tried to run from the civilians who had captured him.

But the video shows civilians watching prison warders brutally assaulting the two when they were recaptured.

The two escapees had been convicted of house breaking and armed robbery, both serious crimes in Malawi and ineligible for pardon.

Chitawira residents who witnessed the attack by prison warders have been texting Nyasa Times recounting the events that led to the inmate’s death.

“The prison warders were beating the escapees especially the one who died suffered several attacks on his head,” texted one.

Another inmate corroborated this line of events.

He texted in Chichewa, Malawi’s lingua franca, that one inmate has been severely beaten after he had already been recaptured.

They both separately claimed they witnessed warders beating the inmates.

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17 thoughts on “Video clip shows Malawi Prison warders brutalise prisoners: One died”

  1. mr chimbwititi says:

    amathawa chani ? Zamanyi basi. Awachita bwino

  2. Citizen says:

    The heading of this story should have read dangerous criminals on a mission to terrorise society intercepted by professional prison warders.
    I urge The Commissioner General of Malawi Prisons to decorate the warders for a job well done. These warders are very patriotic to their state.

  3. Akadati asapezeke mawadawo akadakhala m’madzi,motero mabanja awo anakamasowa mabasic needs,dzikonso bwenzi likunyoza prison service,zaku Mangochi mwaiwala m’mene mwawanyozela this would be to detour the others ki-ki-kih

  4. khudze mkuyabwe says:

    amuchita bwino asamajaile

  5. Save our country says:

    If the theft these guys were accused of is so bad, how come so many politicians and civil servants are still alive??? If you say theft gets the death penalty why not apply it to all thieves?
    Who is so far above the law that they can profit by it?

  6. young democtrat says:

    awachita bwino..

  7. Likoma Economist says:

    I have said this before: death is a sad end, but when death of a person (criminals) leads to happiness of millions of people, then surely that death should be welcomed with joy.

  8. Cpt zebode says:

    mwangoika nkhani ya clip, where is the clip to appreciate? Koma iwenso wa Nyasatimes wachita describe wenkhanso zambiri za athuwa wy all the fuss. Shupiti zawo

  9. So its ok for prison warders to take law into own hands..killing inmates.Anyone who call that justice is morally sick.Prisoners escape all the time.They are recuptured and put back into cell with tight security.

  10. ineyo says:

    Bravo! prison warders that is job well done. these escapees were just lucky that they had an opportunity to defend themselves in the court of law.

    MOB justice could have done them favour anyway. Armed robbers and burglars deserve death which Mob justice offers at the most convenient time.

  11. James says:

    well done prison warders. thump up!!
    The one texting nyasa times is s partner in crimes.
    wafa nayo satana.
    will surely go to Chichiri prison and award all the warders for such good work

  12. magawagawa says:

    Koma akadango kwanitsa kuthawa anthufe tikadavutika ndi zilombo zimenezi. A silikali amenewa alandile nyota please. moti apapa chiwengelo chambava chachepako.

  13. ineyo says:

    At first I thought all the events occurred within the prison boundaries! Alas! so it was out of bounds! Secondly I hear they were escapees! Oh! my words another offence! But still not convinced that they deserved such treatment; however, all over a sudden my ears get the news that the two had actually committed non pardoned crimes: ARMED ROBBERY AND HOUSE BREAK-IN! Oh! no! they deserved the beating and eventual deaths. That is what my conscience has certainly concluded.

    People with such crimes don’t even deserve to be heard in the court of law. Even if they had succeeded with their escape, and eventually commit the same crime which I am 100% certain they were bound to do…… alas! MOB JUSTICE was awaiting them! period.

  14. WAMISALA says:

    Prisoner NDI MUNTHU ???

    BWANJI VIMBALANGONDO
    KUVILERERA PA CHILOLO ?,?

    FOTSEKI
    NDAKWIYA NAVO !!

  15. Ze Roberto says:

    The moment I reached the paragraph which describes the inmates as armed robbers my heart was consoled by their death. These guys deserve no mercy. Anybody who has experienced robbery would attest to my feelings

  16. The Analyst says:

    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O
    The story is trying so hard trying to create an impression that what has happened is wrong, but truth is – there not even a molecule of wrong here.
    . . . in fact these two should have been killed the day they were caught stealing.

    After all, it is very uncertain what else they could have done if they were to escape. And anything that is uncertain is a risk, which must be managed or avoided – and killing them is the most effective way of managing risks known as thieves or robbers.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    Those who doubt the potential risk of these would-be-escapees, walk with . . .
    . . . if these people had escaped, it is very likely they would have continued to terrorise our localities, thieving and murdering people. What wrong have people done to be robbed or murdered?
    You see . . .
    . . . Being robbed or murdered, sounds easy when it happens to someone else. But if it happens to you or your relation, you wish you would mete out the strongest punishment on the culprits – holding them with your bare hands and crushing their heads.
    . . . Now . . . , the golden rule of life is to do unto others as you would have them do unto you; hence the need to not underestimate the pain of being robbed, even if happens to someone else.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Furthermore . . .
    . . . If these people had managed to escape, a very wrong signal would have been sent out to the rest of the prisoners – “aaa zikumatheka kuthawa eti?” they would have been telling each other; and therefore motivated to try their luck – nkumazativutitsa kunja kuno!
    . . . What has happened has sent the very opposite but much needed and important message – either you serve your jail-term or you die – there is no middle ground.

    And this . . ., is justice, in the eyes and laws of gods and men. Bravo to the prison warders!
    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  17. Hokoyo says:

    Lawyers can you ensure that these warders are charged with murder?

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