DAPP Malawi donates secondhand clothes to Zomba Prison
On 22nd December 2017 DAPP Malawi donated second hand clothes worth MK555,000.00 to Zomba prison.
The donation was in response to a request made by Malawi Prison Service which asked DAPP to donate clothes to 285 prisoners who were to be released between 23rd November 2017 to 31st December 2017 following the presidential pardon and the Chilungamo project by European Union which requires that sentences should be revisited against the offence committed to decongest the prisons in Malawi.
In appreciation Superintendent Lawrence Matola the station officer for Zomba Prison said the donation came at the right time when the prison was about to release some prisoners. Supt Matola also said that the prison is also keeping some who have spent many years at the prison and the clothes they brought in is completely torn. Most of the prisoners when they are released they go home in rags which doesn’t portray a good picture and they found it difficult to be accepted by their community that they have been transformed.
DAPP Malawi accepted the request to donate clothes to Zomba prison so that the prisoners who are to be released should have something to put on. He also said that the outgoing prisoners need a "fresh" start in life so that they can sustain themselves and not end up coming back in the prison.
Out of 285 prisoners who received the donation 22 were female and they each received 6 pieces of clothes.