Zambia : presidential grace for 301 inmates

President Edgar Lungu talks with inmates at Mtendere Police Post in Lusaka. Photo : Eddie Mwanaleza

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday pardoned 301 prisoners as part of the commemoration of this year’s independence celebrations.

The pardoning of the prisoners from various correctional facilities was in accordance with the country’s constitution which provides for presidential pardon and substitution of severe punishment imposed on convicted persons, according to Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo.

He told reporters during a press briefing that among pardoned prisoners, 280 are males and 21 females.

He said the presidential pardon has come at a right time as the country was experiencing congestion in its correctional facilities.

The Zambian minister further urged members of the public not to stigmatize the pardoned prisoners but to embrace them so that they could integrate into society.

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