Nankhumwa donates PPEs to Zomba Prison, asks President Chakwera to pardon more prisoners

Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa has appealed to President Lazarus Chakwera to pardon prisoners with minor offenses and those that have exhibited good behaviour to decongest overcrowded prisons in the country as a way of reducing COVID-19 infections.

Salute for Nankhumwa: Prison warders welcome the opposition leader
Nankhumwa presents his donation
Nankhumwa: Prisoners who are serving time for committing petty crimes; some have over the time exhibited good behaviour should be pardoned
Nankhumwa at Zomba prison

Nankhumwa has said he is well aware that the President has pardoned many prisoners before, including those diagnosed with COVID-19, in order to reduce infection rates but he said the President should consider raising the figure of pardoned prisoners amid fears of COVID-19 second wave.

“There are reports that countries like Kenya now have to grapple with serious COVID-19 second wave. We therefore have to take all necessary steps to avoid going through similar experience. This must include decongesting our prisons,” he told reporters.

Nankhumwa was speaking in Zomba on Friday, December 4, 2020 when he made a donation of COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) to Zomba Prison. The donation included face masks and water buckets.

According to Nankhumwa, the donation was a fulfilment of a pledge he made at the start of the week when he led a delegation of members of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 during visits various public and private establishments, including Zomba Prison, to assess how they are coping with the pandemic.

Nankhumwa informed the Zomba Prison authorities that he had made the donation in his personal capacity.

He said with over congestion in prison facilities, it is obviously difficult to enforce COVID-19 measures, especially when it comes to social distancing.

“I am aware that there are many prisoners who are serving time for committing petty crimes; some have over the time exhibited good behaviour. Others are still in prison because they were not able to pay bail bonds, some as low as K10, 000. Let the President consider such prisoners for pardon during the festive season to avert COVID-19 disaster in our prisons,” he said.

Receiving the donation, Zomba Prison Chief Medical Officer, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Prisons, Dr. Lawrence Chiwaula, and Station Officer, Assistant Commissioner Thom Mtute thanked the Leader of the Opposition for “the rare gesture”.

MP for Zomba Central Bester Awali lauded Nankhumwa for his “exemplary leadership”, encouraging him to do the same with other prisons.

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Kamuzu Mbewe
Kamuzu Mbewe
6 months ago

koma Misozi Chanthunya ndi Ralph Kasambara, akaidi amenewa asakhululukiridwe

Nicholas
6 months ago

Alibwanji adad

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
6 months ago

gudegude pretending to be holy prison congestion mwaiona lelo?????
liars just like Ralph Joma lied to the the people of one incomplete Health clinic which started in 2013 till today olo denga. just cipupa ..
and many others.
GO AWAY STUPID IDIOT BASTARDS AND LIARS

Nicholas
6 months ago
Reply to  nafundo zalo

He is really stupid guy bwanji APM samamuuza? Chamba basi.

True Son of Chigodi
True Son of Chigodi
6 months ago

This is really fascinating because during the just ended DPP error, the opposition was prohibited from donating to government institutions. Thumbs up to this Administration

True Son of Chigodi
True Son of Chigodi
6 months ago

DPP Era rather

Moya
Moya
6 months ago

Good effort but Malawians don’t want DPP anytime soon, here is free advice before you waste lots of money and energy on this dead DPP, start a fresh party. People like your attitude and approach to politics. You have a bright political future but not with the Dead progressive party (DPP)

Kamuzu Mbewe
Kamuzu Mbewe
6 months ago
Reply to  Moya

Mukuti ayambitse chipani chao, kodi a Nakhumwawa nkhani ya ma Certificate okuba analinganiza? This is a clear indication that he is just another thief with different ideas from the rest

Khekhi
Khekhi
6 months ago

Nankhumwa akugulitsa zoyankhula.. tizione mmene zithere

Moqtadar al Sadir
6 months ago

Akayidi amenewo are not political prisoners. They’re thieves just like most of you in dpp and udf.

Ivanidik lomosse
Ivanidik lomosse
6 months ago

Nice news

The Truth
The Truth
6 months ago

Yes, please pardon more Chicken Thieves, in order to make space for more of these DPP idiots!

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