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President Hakainde Hichilema Grants Pardons and Commutes Sentences for 815 Inmates

In celebration of Zambia’s 59th Independence Anniversary, President Hakainde Hichilema has exercised his Presidential Prerogative of Mercy, granting clemency to 815 inmates and commuting sentences for an additional 17 individuals.

The announcement was made by Home Affairs and Internal Minister Jack Mwiimbu during a media briefing in Lusaka. The act of clemency reflects the government’s commitment to commemorate the historic occasion by offering a fresh start to those who have served their sentences and are ready to reintegrate into society.

Among the beneficiaries of the presidential pardon, 45 are females who have the added responsibility of caring for circumstantial children. The government has expressed its intention to support their reintegration process as they return to their families and communities.

Minister Mwiimbu revealed that the government has allocated funds to assist the pardoned inmates with their reintegration, ensuring they have the necessary support and resources to rebuild their lives.

In addition to the clemency granted, Minister Mwiimbu also highlighted the government’s efforts to improve the justice system. An audit of various facilities has been initiated with the goal of expediting the delivery of justice to citizens, ensuring that their rights are upheld, and justice is administered more efficiently.

The act of clemency is seen as a gesture of goodwill and a demonstration of the government’s commitment to promoting social reintegration and rehabilitation, ultimately benefiting the pardoned inmates and society at large. It is part of the broader efforts to uphold the principles of justice, fairness, and human rights in Zambia.

Source: Lusakatimes

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