Hon. Jack Mwiimbu, MP, the Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, announced that President Hakainde Hichilema of the Republic of Zambia has taken a significant step in commemorating the 59th Independence Day by granting freedom to a total of 815 inmates and commuting the sentences of 17 individuals from Death to Life Imprisonment.
This remarkable act represents 3.2% of the nation’s prison and correctional population, which stands at a total of 26,066 individuals.
Among those granted freedom, 45 are females who have been separated from their circumstantial children, and 9 are elderly inmates.
The President’s actions are in accordance with the powers vested in him by the Constitution, as outlined in Article 97 of the Constitution, Chapter One (1) of the Laws of Zambia. This constitutional provision allows for Presidential pardons and the substitution of severe punishments imposed on convicted individuals.
In releasing these inmates, President Hakainde Hichilema has demonstrated his commitment to justice and compassion, marking an essential moment in Zambia’s ongoing journey towards a more equitable and humane society.