Mzuzu Prison has started feeling the impact of the ongoing judiciary support staff strike to push government to increase their salaries as the number of inmates has doubled.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency on Friday, Malawi Prison Service regional spokesperson (North) Austin Mwasangwale said if courts were functioning, the pressure could have eased.

“Mzuzu Prison was constructed to accommodate 260 inmates, but as of now the number has almost doubled.

As of today [Friday], we have over 400 inmates, which are exerting more pressure on the prison’s resources such as food,” he said.

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