Nsanje Prison Rations Food
Nsanje prison Spokesperson, Sub Inspector, Chifuniro Mukhuna, says food shortage has forced them to adjust to 60 kilograms of maize flour rations per day instead of the usual 80 to 85 kilograms.
“The situation has been hard for us, we could only provide porridge to the inmates in the past three days because we had insufficient maize flour.
“It’s tough because some of our inmates are on Anti- Retroviral Therapy (ART) and so they require adequate nutrition,” lamented Sub Inspector Mukhuna.
He further disclosed that “we have just gotten help from Bvumbwe prison, they have assisted us with 80 bags of maize flour but still we are not safe.”
Southern region Prison Spokesperson, Assistant Superintendent, Julius Magombo, told Zodiak Online Thursday, suppliers are refusing to supply maize at K13, 000 per 50-kilogram bag, as per contract.
He said, “They are pushing for an upward adjustment due to the scarcity of the grain on the market.
“So we penned the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) to approve the upward adjustment,” explained Assistant Superintendent Magombo.
He further said they are utilizing maize harvested from prison farms including Bvumbwe and Makande, to bail out the most affected prisons.
Meanwhile, Nsanje prison, according to Sub Inspector Mukhuna, has 187 inmates.