Chakwera pardons Covid-19 inmate: Malawi prisons made ‘area of intervention’

Minister of Homeland Security Chimwendo Banda has said there’s a sudden coronavirus spike in Malawi prisons that is increasing by the day, saying President Lazarus Chakwera has pardoned the first inmate to test positive and has ordered further review.

President Chakwera: Need for  significant reductions in prisoner population  after seeing a spike in virus cases

Chimwendo Banda said Covid-19 the spread of Covid-19 in jails is endangering not only prisoners and workers but the general public as well.

He said 51 inmates had so far tested positive for the virus as well as 20 prison staff.

Minister Chimwendo Banda said the further spread of the pandemic has prompted authorities to take immediate steps to limit the risk posed by mass confinement, including releasing those detained on bail, along with elderly prisoners who pose little danger to the public.

“So we are looking at vulnerability, age and crime committed,” said the minister.

He said a committee has been set to make recommendations on how to decongest prisons in order to stop the “seeding” of infections

The minister said some prisoners should be released to create space in jails to help social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak.

“The President will make the final decision and review recommendations,” he said.

Human rights campaigners say it is essential to understand that, despite being physically secure, jails and prisons are not isolated from the community. People continuously enter and leave, including multiple shifts of prison staff; newly arrested charged and sentenced individuals; lawyers; and visitors.

Even if this flow is limited to the extent possible, the Malawi prison facilities remain densely populated and poorly designed to prevent the inevitable rapid and widespread dissemination of the virus.

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zaife
2 months ago

zadala izi cholinga atulutse achina Lutepo, Manondo ndi ena ponamizira kuti ali ndi covid19.

God Knows
God Knows
2 months ago
Reply to  zaife

Pethetic….!!!!

Mapwiya
Mapwiya
2 months ago

Chakwera and Chilima with Mayi Mtila Joyce Banda told Malawians that there is no Corona virus. So why releasing prisoners ?. Don’t backtrack . MALAWI is corona free

Alfred Atanazius Jaulani
Alfred Atanazius Jaulani
2 months ago
Reply to  Mapwiya

Baseless argument. You are the custodian of your health and nobody will take care of you

The Judge
The Judge
2 months ago
Reply to  Mapwiya

This comment is from stupid useless podium user!

NGONI WENI WENI
NGONI WENI WENI
2 months ago
Reply to  Mapwiya

ME TOO I WONDER THEY TOLD US THAT WE DONT HAVE CORONA VIRUS

sipoko
2 months ago

Do you not have your own brain to think? Do you need someone to think for you? You will always be misled if that is the type of person you are. Pathetic.

Amuna Kudambo
Amuna Kudambo
2 months ago
Reply to  Mapwiya

Yes they were correct!!!!!! We had very few cases that recovered. Your cadets govt imported cases from wherever they wanted, South Africa, TZ to stop elections!

Jesta
Jesta
2 months ago
Reply to  Amuna Kudambo

Important chani zopusa. You think Malawians living abroad are not entitled to return as they wish. Well too bad. You have to live with it. Even matenda akakula in town timawona anthu akupita kumudzi nothing new.

Gugu
Gugu
2 months ago

It’s a very tough one.

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