PRES MNANGAGWA ISSUES AMNESTY FOR PRISONERS
Written by Panashe Madzinga on March 22, 2018
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has pardoned 3000 prisoners, in an effort to decongest the country’s prisons which are currently exceeding their carrying capacity.
The amnesty covers all female prisoners except those serving life imprisonment and on death row, and juveniles below 18 years of age
Amongst those also pardoned include inmates living with a disability, terminally ill prisoners, those sentenced to 36 months and below, prisoners above 60 years and those convicted for stock theft.
Prisoners on death row for more than 10 years had their sentences changed to life imprisonment.
Those not covered under the presidential pardon include repeat offenders, prisoners who previously benefitted from amnesty, prisoners serving a sentence imposed by a Court Martial, prisoners on the run, rapists, murderers and armed robbers.
According to the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, the country’s prison population is currently 19 000 against a holding capacity of 17 000.