PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has pardoned 966 inmates as part of commemorating Zambia’s 56th Independence which fell on Saturday 24th October, 2020.
Announcing this at a press briefing in Lusaka , Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo said out of the released number, 883 are ordinary inmates, 10 are old aged, and 26 are foreign nationals.
“In commemoration of the 56th Independence Anniversary which fell on 24th October 2020, His Excellency Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia and Commander in Chief of the Armed forces has exercised his prerogative of mercy on 966 inmates categorized in the following order: 883 ordinary inmates, 10 old aged inmates, 21 inmates detained under His Excellency’s pleasure, and 26 foreign national inmates,” Kampyongo said.
Kampyongo said President Lungu has also considered 26 different petitions.
“And further, His Excellency has also considered petitions from 26 petitioners who include condemned lifers and long term inmates and had their sentences committed in the following order: seven had their sentences committed from death to life, two from death to 35 years, seven from 35 years to 20 years, one from 30 years to 20 years, three from 30 years to 15 years, one from 20 years to 15 years, and four were pardoned,” he said.
And Kampyongo said out of the total number of inmates pardoned, 886 are male while 80 are females.
The Minister also revealed that the current total inmate population stands at 20, 735 out of which, 560 are females and 20, 174 are males.