Zomba prisoners get expired margarine: Unilever says it meant to be used as soap

Prisoners at Zomba maximum prison are angry and want answers on why Unilever Malawi donated expired margarine as Christmas gifts, saying this could be a health hazard.

Chikondi Ng'ombe: The magarine was supposed to be recyled into soap

Chikondi Ng’ombe: The magarine was supposed to be recyled into soap

Some prisoners have complained to their relations that the margarine was donated to the prisoners on December 17 as Christmas gifts.

“Each inmate received four margarines weighing 200milligrams. After they had already eaten, they discovered that the margarine was expired, some of the margarine expired by months others by days,” said a relation to one of the inmates.

Prison spokesman Smart Maliro asked for more time to find out what happened but Unilever country manager Chikondi Ng’ombe confirmed the incident, saying the company had agreed with prison officials that the margarine be used for soap making.

Ng’ombe said the margarine was not meant for consumption but solely for soap making.

“We had agreed that the margarine be recycled to make soap,” said Ng’ombe without elaborating whether the prison has the capacity to recycle margarine into soap.

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Mlomwe waku Thyolo

Ifeyo tingosiyanso kugula margarine a Unilever. Kuteroku margarine anu amasandukanso sopo? Mukumatidyetsa sopotu anthu inu.


Ng’ombe ndi ng’ombedi do u tink ku prison angakhale ndi machine opangira recycle margarine to soap?

Harrison Liffa

Does prisons hav the capacity of recycling margarine into soap?

Janta Manta

Ku prison kunayamba kupangidwa soap?just because one is imprisonwd it doesnt mean ndi zinyama!!!


Nanunso akayidi nthawi zina kumayamika. Half bread is better than none.

Ed kungs

These are thieves. They sold fresh margarine and donated expired items so that they say we donated the item, and kept the money. Poor Malawi


When did Zomba Central Prison acquire capacity to recycle margarine to soap? Which officer accepted this proposal from the donor of the margarine? Who changed the intended use of the margarine from recycling into soap to consumption by humans? Were the prisoners told of the fact that the margarine was expired and was intended to be recycled to soap? Were the prisoners given capacity to convert the margarine to soap?


Lawsuit. I can sniff money here. Please get a competent lawyer like me.


Its unfortunate that some think prisons are rubbish pits where they can throw garbage..whether you like it or not we are all the same…not every inmate is a thief, murderer,rapist etc..there are also others who are purely innocent. you never know what may happen to you..may God forgive you for trying to worsen their punishment…


A unilever soap mulinaye ndikale bwanji osatenga soap opangapanga kale? Kulakwa

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