Madam Mutharika said this when she paid a visit to the correction facilities to cheer them up and have a pre-Christmas celebration with the inmates.
Madam Mutharika said their time in prison should provide them an opportunity to correct their mistakes and equip them with skills and knowledge that would be put to good use once they have finished serving their sentence.
“I would like to encourage those of you who are doing primary, secondary and vocational education to work hard as this is also part of your reformatory education. Let us use this opportunity and secure a brighter future for ourselves,” said Professor Gertrude Mutharika.
Madam Mutharika greets one of the babies
Before addressing inmates that were gathered at one of the open space inside the prison, Madam Mutharika made a stopover at the female cells to cheer up 39 of the female inmates and three babies that are housed in the prison.
She made a donation of baby food and playing items for the babies that are in the cell together with their mothers as part of cheering them up.
Thanking the First Lady for her visit, Chief Commissioner for Prison Services in the country Wandika Phiri said they were grateful for the kind gesture and goodwill to find it necessary to come and share this exceptional moment with the inmates.
“We are humbled as a service that you can time out of your busy schedule to come and grace us with your presence here at prison during this festive season. We are happy and this is a special moment as you are the only First Lady to have come here and cheer the inmates,” she said.
The First Lady handsover exercise books to Mpondabwino
Speaking on behalf of the inmates, James Mpondabwino said he and his fellow inmates were humbled to have the First Lady visit them and cheer them up with some of the necessities that they lack ranging from food and education items.