Blantyre, . Piece work and vocational skills in prisons are helping in improving the prison’s infrastructures as well as its food production.
Malawi Prison Service National Public Relations Officer (PRO), Chimwemwe Shaba told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Monday in Mchinji that through the programme, staff houses have been constructed and maintained at Mpyupyu Prison in Ntchisi and Bzyanzi Prison in Nkhatabay.
He said that four big cell blocks with an 800 inmate capacity, have been constructed at Maula Prison in Lilongwe and a new clinic has been constructed at Kasungu Prison while a big sewer system has been constructed at Mzimba and Kasungu Prisons.
We use prisoners to cultivate crops like groundnuts, maize, and soy beans. Kasungu, Mikuyu 1 and 2, Mpyupyu, Rumphi, Makande, Bzyanzi and Mwanza Prisons are doing well in these farming which the harvests also help other prisons, Shaba said.
The MPS spokesperson added that the construction of cell blocks at Maula Prison costed the department K230 million which could have costed them more if they had used sourced labour on that big project.
We don’t face a lot of challenges when using prisoner’s labor on such activities. All what we need is to motivate them so that that they should not feel exploited and we are happy that authorities are doing that, Shaba said.
Malawi Electoral Commission is using the Chichiri Prison Cultural Troupe, which perform dances and drama to civic educate people ahead of the forthcoming elections.
Source: MANA Online