Prison quarantines expired margarine: Unliver Malawi regrets

Malawi Prison services have quarantined the expired margarine which Unilever Malawi donated to inmates as Christmas gifts, saying this could be a health hazard.

Unilver Malawi boss Chikondi Ng'ombe (left) says product will be recycled into soap

Unilver Malawi boss Chikondi Ng’ombe (left) says product will be recycled into soap

Unilever offices

Unilever offices

Unilever country manager Chikondi Ng’ombe confirmed the incident, saying the company had followed up with prison officials and that the expired product “has been quarantined”.

Ng’ombe said the expired margarine will be used “for soap making” at the prison’s soap factory in Makande.

“We will continue to work with prison authorities who have assured us that no one has been put at risk, to ensure the margarine is used for the purpose it was donated,” said Ng’ombe.

Ng’ombe said the margarine was not meant for consumption but solely for soap making.

She stated that Unliver’s commitment “remains firmly rooted” in protecting their consumers and “providing quality products.”

Ng’ombe said her company’s representative met officials of Consumer Association of Malawi to address concerns of the expired margarine which was donated to prison.

She said any anxiety the expired margarine donation may have caused “is sincerely regretted.”

Recently there was an article on BBC titled: “Is it fair to punish prisoners with horrible food?”

David Fathi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project believes people should never be deprived of food as a punishment because food is a basic human necessity.

“Some things are clear – prisoners have to be given a diet that is nutritionally adequate – but it can’t be so disgusting that no reasonable person would eat it, lose weight and have health problems,” said Fathi.


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Kamuzu Mbewe

msiyeni mwana abale. wangophophonya kamodzi kokha


This Chikondi lady used to be such a snob and disrespectful while at polytechnic. SHE KNOWS WHAT I MEAN!!!! She (and other KA alumni) used to look down upon anyone else that had not gone to Kamuzu Academy! If you hadn’t gone to KA you were a second class citizen to her not worthy of being treated with respect! I’m not surprised she would do this to Malawi Prisoners. #ATTITUDE PROBLEM!

wa ku Mitchesi kujaaaaa!!!!
wa ku Mitchesi kujaaaaa!!!!

Elitism yacheyo ikuonekanso pompopompo pa chithunzipa. KA yachani! Ya rubbish!


Mwana ali mushe uyu kungoti nkhaniyi ndiyo isali ya bho. Ndiye tingomukhululukira sadzambiraso. Adzipanga zinthu zabwino zofanana ndi maonekedwe ake kuyambira lero.


I like the issue of prisoners right for food. Nutritious food and right to eat three times a day with zotolatola mbalimu. Whilst gays and lesbians have sexual rights, it appears their rights outweigh those for prisoners for food. Prisoners do not even have rights to have sex with their spouses on visits. Little is done to fight for these rights as they are deemed part of the punishment to an extent of even supplying expired food.
A prison rights group needs to be formed urgently to fight for the rights of these unfairly treated people.


Aaaah this girl continues to lie. If this expired product was for soap making answer me these Qs Chikondi:
1- Why was it nit donated at the factory directly in makande and not at Zomba prison?

2- Between Unilever and Prison who should manufacture soap better?

3 – You you felt prisoners need soap? Why didn’t you donate soap to them as you have alot of soap you guys?

4- So was this Christmas gift or ????

You are just showing your stupidity even more Miss Chikondi wangoyera koma nzeru ulibirethu sure. Paja inu achina Ng’ombe misala ndiyanu eti?


I want to respond to Redeem that zangokuvutani achimwene why talking about the dress code coz Amai anthu avala bwino apo. Ife eni ake timasangalala nazo zimenezo. Salitu pamalonda koma kuvala kwenikweni.


Guyz tawonani mwendo wa chikondi mwamunawake amadya bwino


CAMA deals with consumables/services paid for margarine was not paid for.

madiru mhango

I think the lady is well dressed. It is the camera man who focused on her rather improperly. You will not all others are blurred but her.


Would this same Unilever have dared to donate expired product to a prison in a developed country? How dare they even do it. God forbid one day they will land in the same prison and eat the rotten margarine. Their official who says it was donated for soap making must have himself mentally examined. Since when have the prison started manufacturing soap. After all this the last thing we need is to be treated as fools.

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