Zambian leader pardons 966 inmates to mark 56th independence anniversary

LUSAKA, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Zambian President Edgar Lungu has pardoned 966 inmates as part of the commemoration of this year's 56th independence anniversary, a senior government official said on Monday.

Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo told reporters during a press briefing that the pardoning of the inmates was in line with the powers vested in the president in the country's constitution.

The move, he said, will go a long way in decongesting the country's correction facilities.

"The pardoning of the inmates will greatly help to increase the social distancing in our correctional centers as one of the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19," he said.

The Zambian minister further said no case of COVID-19 has been recorded in all the country's correctional centers.

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