By Chisomo Phiri
Following reports of the untimely death of a young inmate at Bvumbwe Rehabilitation Centre for Young Offenders in Thyolo, the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) says it has launched a comprehensive investigation to find out more on what exactly happened.
According to a statement signed by MHRC executive secretary, Habiba Osman, a preliminary fact-finding mission by the Commission has confirmed the tragic loss of life, with the deceased’s body currently held at Thyolo District Hospital, for further processes.
She says the commission is organizing the investigation under Section 6 of the Inquest Act, where death occurs in prison, an inquest should be made by a Magistrate.
“The Commission, therefore, calls upon all stakeholders including the Malawi Prison Service, the Malawi Police Service, and family members to cooperate with the Commission
in terms of section 15 of the Human Rights Commission Act,”says Osman in a statement.
The incident is believed to have occurred on or around November 5, 2023.