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Maula Prison halves food consumption

As ECG donates 296 bags of maize to the prison

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By Deogratias Mmana:

Shortage of food has worsened at Maula Prison forcing the institution to halve the daily consumption from 45 to 20 bags of maize.

Maula prison station officer Geoffrey Tembo disclosed this on Saturday when Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church donated 296 bags of maize and bales of sugar to the institution.

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“We need about 45 bags of maize per day but now we have downsized to 20 bags per day. At one time we had a shortfall of four bags and I had to take my personal supply to save the situation,” Tembo said.

He admitted that the prisoners do not get enough food, a situation he described as bad.

The prison has 3,326 inmates.

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Tembo said the institution depends on well-wishers to save it from the food crisis.

He therefore hailed ECG for the donation.

“I am humbled today. My family [the inmates] is going to eat. It is a challenging task for us to ensure that this family has enough food to eat. You have brought us both spiritual and physical food,” he said.

ECG associate and senior prophet Justice Hara said the gesture was part of activities the church has had since Monday last week.

Hara assured Maula prison that ECG would continue supporting the institution for the betterment of the inmates.

“We are part of you. We will journey with you to the end. We are going to stand with Maula Prison to ensure that prisoners’ lives are better. You need to be freed from the prison of your hearts and this physical prison,” Hara said as he addressed the inmates.

The church also announced it will support Robert Mwale, an inmate at the prison who could not pursue university studies at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources due to lack of support.

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