Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Thursday pardoned 130 inmates as part of the commemoration of this year’s Christmas Day which falls on Dec. 25.
The Minister of Home Affairs, Stephen Kampyongo, said this during a news briefing streamlined on Facebook on Thursday.
Kampyongo said the pardoning of the inmates was in line with the powers vested on the president in the constitution.
He said that among those pardoned included 113 male inmates and 17 females.
According to him, the pardoning of the inmates will help in decongesting correctional facilities in the country and allow inmates to practice social distancing as the COVID-19 pandemic is the increase.
He, however, said correctional facilities have not recorded any COVID-19 cases to date and pledged the government’s support to continue supporting authorities to ensure continuous adherence to preventive measures.
Zambia has currently more than 22,000 inmates. (Xinhua/NAN)