DEATH PENALTY ZAMBIA: Inmates Plead for Deliverance

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DEATH PENALTY ZAMBIA: Inmates Plead for Deliverance

Post  Tippa@4WardEver on Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:56 pm

LUSAKA, May 20 (IPS) - The common prayer of those on Zambia’s jam-packed death row is for divine intervention to end their hell on earth and let the waiting hangman carry out his job speedily, according to a recently released inmate.

"It is so painful to be in suspense, we would pray to be hanged," Churchill Malama, 33, recounted to IPS. Malama spent three years on death row in the Mukobeko Maximum Security Prison, located in the central town of Kabwe. His death sentence for murder was overturned by the Supreme Court last March.

The "torment and trauma" of life on death row were relieved only by worship and the exchange of words between inmates. "There are no activities there to relax your mind," Malama said.

He described as "painful and degrading" the living conditions for the condemned, crammed into the 48 cells on death row: "Each cell -- measuring just two-and-a-half metres by two metres -- is supposed to have just one or two inmates, but there were five or six of us with two mattresses to share."

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