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Prison okays relational visits

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Authorities at Malawi Prison Service (MPS) have uplifted suspension of relational visits to inmates in all prisons in the country.

MPS says the decision comes following the declining number of Covid-19 cases. A memo dated October 16 and signed by Commissioner of Prison Yafiti Chimodzi says people can now visit prisons but with strict measures that would prevent the inmates from contracting the virus.

However, Chimodzi said prison officers should also not allow people without national identity cards to visit prison premises.

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“An inmate shall be allowed to be visited by one visitor per week and during weekends only,” reads part of the memo.

Northern Region Prison Public Relations Officer Austin Mwasangwale confirmed receiving the communication, adding the development will help them strengthen their relationship with communities.

Mwasangwale said prisons in the region have not so far registered an active case of coronavirus, adding those who tested positive in Nkhata Bay, Mzuzu and Mzimba have recovered.

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“We have been told that now people can be allowed to visit inmates in all our prisons,”
Mwasangwale said.

MPS suspended the visits in March this year as one way of arresting further spread of Covid-19.

At Mzuzu Prison, two inmates that were tested positive for Covid-19 and were in an isolation cell escaped and they have not been recaptured.

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