Over 1700 inmates at Chichiri prison in Blantyre have gone for three days without food following Electricity Supply Corporation (Escom) power lines fault.
Prison spokesperson Julius Magombo confirmed the electric pots are not working but said food is being prepared at Mapanga Prison School in Blantyre.
“We are also depending on well wishers who bring food,” said Magombo.
He dismissed allegations that the 1750 inmates have gone without food for three days.
However, Nyasa Times sources say those on life-prolonging ARV treatment for those living with HIV, are the ones who suffer most as the drugs need a lot of food to work perfectly in the body.
“Their health can deteriorate if they do not get food, the right food for that matter,” said our source.
Escom officials were seen working on the power lines since Monday.
Escom spokesperson Innocent Chitosi could not comment, saying he was reportedly away in Lilongwe for a meeting.