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Rumphi SDA youths cheers inmates at Rumphi Prison

Written by  Carren Mumba

Rumphi, March 22, 2019: Rumphi Seventh Day Adventists Youth Sunday marked the commemoration of Global Youth Day which falls on the Sabbath of second week of March every year by cheering inmates at Rumphi Prison. 

Director of Rumphi Seventh Day Adventists Youth, Major Mphepo told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Tuesday at the Boma that the grouping decided to cheer the inmates to instill hope in them and share with them the word of God.

He noted that not all inmates found at the reformatory facility were guilty but that some of them might have been jailed due to lack of communication skills in court scenarios.

“Last year, we visited Rumphi Secondary School but this year we thought it wise to visit Rumphi Prison to encourage them from hopeless knowing that some of them were convicted of offenses after failing to defend themselves though innocent,” Mphepo explained.

The Director advised the inmates to continue believing in God and be ready to be reformed for them continue contributing to the development of the areas once released.

He appealed to the inmates to always cooperate with the prison’s authorities and abide by regulations saying their stay in prison is meant to reform them.

Apart from preaching the gospel, the youth brought with them food stuffs which they shared and ate together with the inmates as one way of interacting with them.

One of the inmates, Thomas Munthali thanked the youth for visiting the prison and appealed to them to be visiting the prison regularly.

Speaking on behalf of the Rumphi Prison Officer–In-Charge, Sergeant Katoma Banda appealed to other stakeholders to emulate the gesture demonstrated by the grouping.

“The task of reforming thee people is not only for prison authorities, we other stakeholders to come in as you have done today.

“The task of reforming the inmates needs concerted efforts. Prison Services authorities cannot single handedly undertake this task,” he said.

Apart from preaching the gospel, the youthful grouping brought food stuffs which they ate together with the inmates.

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