Veteran musician Paul Banda may be kilometres away from Blantyre or not be in any activity marking this year’s Christmas in the city, but his existence was highly appreciated when Chichiri Prison Band dished out his music.
This was during a Christmas luncheon organised by the Community of Sant’ Egidio on Sunday where inmates at Chichiri Prison were treated to a Christmas luncheon.
The event was interactive in nature, which saw officials of Sant’ Egidio, inmates and some religious leaders sharing the word of God.
At different intervals, Father Enock Kanjira of the Catholic Church, who represented Archbishop Thomas Msusa of the Blantyre ArchDiocese, was seen engaging in one-on-one interactions with inmates just to motivate them.
Apart from performing Banda’s songs, Chichiri Prison Band dished out own inspirational renditions whose message bordered around hope and gospel of Jesus Christ.
The live performance was too alluring to bring patrons to the dance floor before the Christmas luncheon was served.
“The word of God lives forever, if we hear and abide to them anytime, anywhere and regardless our situations we shall not lack. Let’s not lose our faith,” said Kanjira.
Most inmates expressed gratitude for such as rare Christmas luncheon which was served with soft drinks.
“Special moments like these help to strengthen our emotional wellbeing because we go through a lot of things inside the Prison,” remarked one inmate who did not want to be named.
Country coordinator for the community of Sant’ Egidio, Keegan Mwanguku, said it is in the spirit of Sant’ Egidio community to feast with the less privileged and give them hope.
According to Alexious Kamangira who is responsible for prisons’ programmes within the community of Sant’ Egidio, they have an outreach programme at Chichiri Prison which meets inmates every fortnight.
“The purpose of the outreach is to impact in the lives of inmates both emotionally and spiritually,” said Kamangira. n