Malawi prison warders go on strike demanding cash from K157bn Covid-19 fund

Malawi Prison staff across the country has began strike action on Thursday to force government to give them an allocation from the K157 billion Covid-19 fund.

Prison warder demonstration at Zomba Central Prison

The Malawi Defence Force, Malawi Police Service and Immigration Department have been given funds from the National Response to Coronavirus but the prison department has been left out.

Prison warders at Chichiri Prison in Blantyre, Zomba Maximum Prison and Maula Prison in Lilongwe are among those who have stopped working.

But there was “lockdown” – where prisoners are confined to their cells – at most prisons.

Malawi Prisons Service chief commissioner Wandika Phiri claimed the industrial action was unjustified and blasted it as “unlawful”.

She had summoned leaders of the sit-in strike for a meeting but negotiations with the junior staff broke down.

The prison warders are also demanding promotions which government promised them early last year, general welfare.

It is believed police may have to be drafted in to ensure the safety of inmates.

The country’s prisons hold about 14 000 prisoners in a capacity of 5 500.

The prisoners strike comes after doctors and nurses in public hospitals are also on strike.

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Kalvin kaliwamba
Kalvin kaliwamba
4 months ago

Nyekhwe mumanena ija ndi imeneyi simunati a DPP zangoyamba chabe akutoperani anthu.You can’t fool all the people all the time

John Chibadula
John Chibadula
4 months ago

Yes I can see

Nabetha
Nabetha
4 months ago

Inept government that cannot see things beyond their noses. Prison Service is one of government security institution, how would they be left in the cold while their counterparts are sharing the money?

Kandulu
Kandulu
4 months ago

Finally everyone is agreeing that the K157 billion should be shared among all Malawians. Time we all match to state house to demand our share.

nyopani
nyopani
4 months ago

Ndipo musalorere kubwerera pa ntchito asanakupatseni dollar

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
4 months ago

Goie them the money they deserve it

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