NGO takes Malawi govt  to court  over prison 3 meals a day

Centre for Human Rights Education and Advice (Chrea) says it is going to court to force the government give prisoners three meals a day following a Supreme Court ruling of 2009.

Life in Malawi’s Prisons, one meal a day

Chrea executive director Victor Mhango said a three judge panel in 2009 ruled that the Prisons Department should start giving inmates three meals a day instead of the present one meal a day scenario.

The ruling followed prisoner Trevor Masangano’s successful suit against the Prisons Department and the ministry of Home Affairs. Masangano was serving a 12-year-old prison sentence.

“It is unfortunate that 12 years after the ruling, prisoners continue to suffer, they continue to have one meal a day. This must stop,” said Mhango.

Prisons spokesperson Emmanuel Shumba refused to comment on the matter.

But Law Society of Malawi secretary Alfred Majamanda said the ruling was not mandatory because the court involved parliament which was not part of the proceedings.

The court ordered parliament to ensure all financial resources are given to the Prisons Department.

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Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Some of NGOs are not serious indeed. Look how many ordinary Malawians especially in rural areas cannot afford even 2 meals a day regularly?
Even in the Western world prison diet far from being ideal. Spare us please.
Why not advocate for empowerment of local communities to be food self-sufficient

Msasa
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Msasa

Prisons have a lot of land, they can grow their own food. But you just lock up prisoners without allowing them to do anything, you expect us to feed them. Let them grow their own food. What happened to prison farms?

Msasa
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Msasa

Government can not afford to provide decent food to patients in the hospitals and patients even sleep on the floor. Why can’t you push the government to Improve in these areas than what you are suggesting.

Msasa
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Msasa

It is part of punishment. Kodi akaidi mumafuna azinjoya?

Adada maluwa
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Ma court nawoso aphweka bwanji? Chili chose ku court, m ukufuna mkayidi azinjoya kuposa amene tikulipira msonkhofe? Awo ndi olakwa basi. Apapa boma mukulikakamiza zoti ndalama palibe, akazayamba kubwereka ndalama zodyetsera akayidi anuwo, mzizatiso overborrowing.

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