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For once, inmates at Zomba Central Prison abandoned ideas about fulfilling their hard-labour obligations and thought about entertainment, the light side of life, when Zomba-based DJ, Kalinga Moda, treated them to music on Thursday.

Moda, a Malawi Police Orchestra keyboardist, said in an interview that he is using entertainment to reach out to prisoners as one way of preaching about the importance of education to inmates.

“Very often, people think of inmates as abandoned people; people who do not hope for great things after serving their jail terms. I want to dispel this notion and I have, therefore, embarked on an initiative aimed at promoting education through entertainment.

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“For example, apart from entertaining the inmates through music, I gave out learning materials because I am impressed with the academic performance of inmates who sit Malawi National Examinations Board examinations. The pass rate and the way they score points give me the impression that there is will for academic excellence among inmates,” Moda said.

The keyboardist and DJ said he decided to visit the inmates on a weekday owing to his busy schedule during weekends.

And, on a sunny day, the inmates, who turned out in droves, did not disappoint. They danced freely, as if not surrounded by an impenetrable brick wall and barbed wire.

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One of the inmates, who described himself as Mogwan, said it was good that outsiders were remembering inmates, but pleaded with Malawians not to think of inmates as an after-thought.

“We miss these things. People should not think that we need much here; even a mere visit, without material things, gives us a sense of belonging,” Mogwan said.

But, on a rather successful day, Moda still went home disappointed.

“While I am satisfied with the turn-up, I am not satisfied with the fact that I visited one prison. I would like to visit each and every prison in Malawi to entertain inmates and donate learning materials because there is life after prison. In fact, I would like to ask companies, organisations and individuals to join me in this long journey aimed at bringing academic excellence to the country’s prisons,” he said.

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