Prison Warders threaten strike

Junior officers at the Malawi Prisons Service have given management a two-day ultimatum to respond to their safety calls amid Covid-19 pandemic. 

The officers have also threatened to go on strike starting from Monday next week if management fails to address their concerns.

In a letter addressed to prison management, the Warders are demanding for an increase in risk allowance, provision of protective gear, mass testing and prison decongestion through pardons as covid-19 preventive measures.

Malawi Prisons Service spokesperson Chimwemwe Mike Shaba told YFM in an interview on Thursday that the management has not received the letter officially.

Shaba was quick to point that some of the raised issues were already presented to the Ministry of Homeland Security for consideration.

Meanwhile, Chichiri and Nkhata Bay prisons have recorded over 60 covid-19 cases as of July 22, 2020.

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