Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu BANDA the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional constitution that came into full effect the following year. Current President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA, elected in May 2004 after a failed attempt by the previous president to amend the constitution to permit another term, struggled to assert his authority against his predecessor and subsequently started his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2005. As president, MUTHARIKA has overseen substantial economic improvement but because of political deadlock in the legislature, his minority party has been unable to pass significant legislation, and anti-corruption measures have stalled. Population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, corruption, and the spread of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for Malawi.
Instead of building prisons the best way is for the British Government to establish more industries that could use the crops grown in Malawi.If there is rising crime rate it is basically due to poverty. Building prisons is not a long lasting solution to this problem.For a long time the western countries have provided wrong solutions to African problems and surely building prisons would be such type of assistance.One can not stop ones child from becoing a drunkard by only giving him/her beer for his/her meals and put him in charge of a shop on beer.
RICHARD wOTTONG 27th January 2010
Why can,t the Malawi authorities allow the British Government or private security company to build an Overseas Prison Service in their country. Prisons would need a large number of trained staff, recruited locally, including prison officers and support workers. Thriving communities would spring up around each prison. New homes schools, clinics, roads and employment etc would give a good standard of life to many of the poorer people of Malawi. The more prisons the more jobs etc. Create a new Australia with a multi billion pound prison "BUSINESS"