Zimbabwe’s Mugabe pardons 2000 prisoners

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Palesa Manaleng
According to allAfrica.com, President Robert Mugabe has pardoned 2000 prisoners, mostly women and juveniles, a move that should ease congestion in the country’s jails.
It was reported recently that about 19 000 prisoners countrywide were facing starvation as food stocks had dropped significantly. The report said the situation could worsen due to poor funding.
AFP reports that, the numbers of pardoned prisoners amounts to more than 10% of the prison population, which stood at 18 460 last year against a holding capacity of 17 000.
Under the sweeping amnesty all females will go home, except those serving life terms, according to the clemency notice.
Mugabe also granted amnesty to prisoners aged 18 and under “irrespective of the offences they committed”.
The pardon also extends to all terminally ill inmates, and those over 70 years-old.
Zimbabwe Prison Service deputy commissioner Aggrey Huggins Machingauta said his department was working with the police in identifying deserving inmates. And prisoners serving time for murder, rape and armed robbery won’t be pardoned.
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