Saturday, 19 October, 2019

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa pardons 3000 to decongest prisons

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa pardons 3000 to decongest prisons Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa pardons 3000 to decongest prisons
Patty Aguilar | 24 March, 2018, 14:01

Zimbabwe's new president is commuting death sentences for some prisoners and releasing thousands of people from prison, including most women and everyone under age 18.

United States senate foreign relations committee members, senators Chris Coons and Jeff Flake Thursday introduced a bill that they said would lead to the lifting of sanctions imposed on former President Robert Mugabe's administration before they were renewed under Mnangagwa this year on conditions a free, fair and credible poll is held.

The pardon will see the release of all female prisoners except those serving life terms, as well as all disabled and juvenile prisoners. He said the current prison population is about 20,000 and capacity is 17,000.

"The exercise has. gone a long way in decongesting our prisons".

Addressing journalists after the party's politburo meeting yesterday, party spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo also announced that members aspiring to represent the party in both council and Parliament should have served the party for five or more years at district and provincial structures, respectively.

However, according to eNCA.com, anyone who was convicted of murder, treason, rape or any sexual offence, carjacking and armed robbery are excluded from the pardon.

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Mnangagwa replaced Robert Mugabe in November after a de facto army coup and faces his first election in July.

The cash-strapped government has battled to feed, provide clothing and adequate health care to inmates.

Almost 100 people are on death row in the country of 13 million.

In 2015, four inmates were killed after prisoners rioted over poor living conditions.

Mugabe, 94, who ruled for 37 years, was forced to resign after a brief military takeover and the threat of impeachment by once loyal ZANU-PF lawmakers.

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