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Malawi and Mozambique Discuss Prisoners Repatriation

Saka says talks are underway with Mozambican counterparts Saka says talks are underway with Mozambican counterparts - pic courtesy of Malawi Consulate in Tete

Malawi consul general for Tete province Happy Saka says there are plans to allow Malawian inmates with minor offences or about to complete jail terms in Mozambique to be allowed to complete their sentences back home.

Saka says talks are underway with Mozambican counterparts, and hopes for a fruitful outcome.

"The current cordial relationship between Malawi and Mozambique is giving hope that this may materialize as other agreements have already worked," said Saka.

He disclosed that Malawians will now be allowed to visit their relatives in prisons in Tete Province.

"On Monday and Tuesday, I met the provincial director of prisons Emilia Joaquim Celestino de Matos and desk officers in the Attorney General’s office for this province, and this has passed of which I regard it a breakthrough.

According to Saka, Malawi Ambassador to Mozambique Wezi Moyo, instructed him to engage the Mozambican authorities under his jurisdiction on matters relating to Malawians in prisons there.

47-year-old Gift Chivundula, a truck driver from Kasungu, who is serving 10 years for human trafficking, reportedly told Saka during a prison visit that this is good news and is looking forward to the visit by his relatives.

It has been established that there are about 83 Malawians in prisons within Tete province alone.

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