Four inmates at Maula prison in Lilongwe have died of starvation following an acute food shortage that has entered a third month now, a visit by this blogger on Monday has established. Malawi prison spokesperson Evans Phiri, could neither confirm or deny the hunger situation.
The situation at the prison can best be described as pathetic according to one inmate who wished to remain anonymous. He confided with this blogger that the prison started experiencing shortage of food since October this year. He however said situation got worse from Tuesday last week . He said inmates have been surviving on food that well-wishers are bringing to then prison. He said since Thursday inmates scrambled for some beans as a main source of food before they run-out.
The situation is life threatening for sick inmates mostly on ART. Speaking in a separate interview with the prison warder who spoke on condition anonymity warned that the death toll could increase should the situation remain the same.
On Sunday churches sounded an SOS to their faithful to rescue the situation at Maula Prison. This comes barely a few days after President Joyce Banda pardoned 288 inmates as part of Christmas celebrations.
There are a total of about 2000 inmates at Maula prison.