Malawi leader gives ‘Christmas Clemency’ to 644 prisoners: First Couple hosts children’s Christmas party in  Mzuzu

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has spreed Christmas cheers to prison by granting “Christmas clemency”, pardoning 644 prisoners in the country’s overcrowded jails under an amnesty to mark Christmas and New Year Celebrations.

President Mutharika waves at the children he hosted at Mzuzu State Lodge for Christmas party
First Lady Gertrude Mutharika give a Christmas givt to a boy in Mzuzu-(C) Abel Ikiloni, Man
Minister of Home Affairs Grace Chiumia cheers and play with the kids in Mzuzu-(C) Abel Ikiloni, Man

Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security  said in Lilongwe the  282 pardoned prisoners are those serving sentence of three years and below who had served at least half of their sentences and had behaved well during their incarceration, or had not convicted of serious offences .

Mutharika has reduced the sentences of 362 prisoners by six month, the ministry said.

“The prisoners who have been pardoned and reduced sentences are those who are charged with minor offence and have demonstrated good behavioural reform or are chronically ill,” it said in a statement.

Malawi’s 34 prisons, home to about 12,000 inmates, are battling severe overcrowding, which many blame on courts ordering jail sentences for minor offences.

Party in Mzuzu

Meanwhile, as part of Christmas celebration, the President and the First Lady Gertrude Mutharika on Wednesday hosted a party for children at the State Lodge in Mzuzu.

Addressing the children who were drawn from a cross section of churches in the city, President Mutharika urged the children to work hard in school so that they are able to take up different public positions, including that of state presidency, in the future.

“Have humanity. Respect your parents, your friends and all people,” Mutharika advised.

Amongst activities during the Christmas party was the First Citizen’s engagement in an interaction with the children during the question-and-answer time.

Speaking on behalf of the children, Mama Mwafulirwa commended the First Couple for hosting the Christmas party for the children in Mzuzu.


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koma abale inu eeh
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5 years ago

Good for APM and the other presidents who pardoned prisoners. Continuing to put to shame Kamuzu for not only filling our prisons with political prisoners, executing many among whom were innocent individuals. Sure, MCP can try to disown that record, saying it was a different party, it was Kamuzu not MCP, and that the current MCP is reformed. Bite me! Kamuzu never pardoned anyone, except maybe a political crony just to show him/her how low he/she was. Demeaning was his m. o., that Kamuzu. It is pathetic to state here that due to our justice system, those 644 “vacancies” will… Read more »

5 years ago

Can’t agree more. Indeed prisons a filled with people that have committed petty crimes ; stealing a chicken as for example. Most of the reasons are none other than poverty due to joblessness, lack of skills and drugs amongst the youth. Yes we need a bill to transform these places to become correctional centers. They should be revamped and equipped with training facilities such technical colleges, theological colleges, primary and secondary schools etc. This is where Obama Chiumia has to work very hard to achieve this goal. These places if turned around can become production centers. They can produce high… Read more »

5 years ago

That was great ..keep it up

5 years ago

Kodi abale, Grace Obama Chiumia anakhala liti wa Malawi Police Service? Reflector yo nanga zakhalanso bwanji?

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