Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters had a rude awakening this afternoon in the Capital Lilongwe when prison authorities at Maula prison sent them back with food stuffs, medicines and cash they had planned to donate to the inmates at the prison claiming that they had not followed proper procedures.

The donation was coming from the party president, Peter Mutharika, who had done so in reaction to the news that about five inmates had died at the prison due to starvation.

Media reports in the week indicated that about five inmates had died at the prison due to starvation as there was not enough food to be given to the prisoners. Mid last year, the prison authorities had sounded an SOS that there was a looming hunger shortage at the prison unless some drastic measures were followed as suppliers to the prison were shunning it citing poor prices.

This afternoon, however, DPP faithfuls got the shock of their lives when they were turned back from assisting the prisoners.

Whereas the prison authorities indicate that the DPP team had not followed proper procedures of assisting the prisoners, Mutharika’s personal aide, Ben Phiri, indicated that it was all politics at play as they had followed all the procedures necessary.

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  1. The did not reject but Prison act does not allow parties to make donation in party names or colors, PP was once sent back with donation so its not that JB wapangitsa izi abale get facts right DPP is trying to play victim but its not the case

  2. Why does the DPP act as if they were never in government? Government requires procedures. You could not expect a Prisoner Warden to receive the maize donation without getting instructions from their authorities. It is naive for the DPP in particular Peter Mutharika not to remember that government follows procedures. This is a demonstration of ignorance at the highest level.

  3. Some politicians sometimes takes advantage of problems experienced in prisons mostly during this period when parties are trying to expose themselves to people so that they will be voted during this general trapartite election which are just on the corner.
    So , for a reall and clear sense is prisons is the security department which totally disallow the political parties to use it. Therefore, except JB saying anything, Prisons themselves cannot allow any political party to do like what the DPP people did without a proper proceedure.

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