Malawi's Minister of Home Affairs has called upon the country's president not to be distracted by people who are blaming her of travelling a lot but rather implement her plans.
Speaking at Mzuzu prison, the Minister, Uladi "change goal" Mussa explained that a good leader should be mindful of three important places where to visit.
"A good leader should be visiting the sick whether in hospitals or homes, visiting prisoners and the bereaved.
"And this is what Her Excellency President Madamme Joyce Banda is doing. So the president do not be distracted by the people who are saying the contrary," Minister Mussa said.
Mussa lamented that congestion in prisons, in adequate transport and poor diet are some of the problems rocking Malawi prisons.
The minister observed that since Malawi attained independence some 48 years ago, the country has only managed to build eight prisons, which is not a good development.
"In this country, there are 32 prisons but 24 were built during the colonial days.
"I therefore ask you madamme president to consider building modern prisons and adding more cells in the existing prisons," Mussa added.
Moderator of Livingstonia CCAP synod requested the state president to consider revising the conditions of service of Prison wardens.
"The conditions of service for the Prison wardens are so appaling yet they are hard workers and indeed dedicated.
"Madamme president, please look into their conditions of service and make sure that they are improved so that they should continue looking after the prisoners well," said the Moderator.
In her response, the state president said that her government would do everything possible to make sure that prisons in the country are improved.
The president urged Malawians to look at prisons as fellow human beings and that they should be assisting the government in looking at the welfare of prisoners.
The president disclosed that last saturday Mr. Harry Mkandawire made a donation of soap to Mzuzu prison while the vice president pledged a cattle to the prisoners and that his wife will bring a plasm screen and sugar next week.
On her part, Mrs. Joyce Banda disclosed that she has brought new blankets for each prisoner amongest the food items.
Malawi prisons fall under the ministry of Home Affairs.