2528 prisoners left different prison facilities yesterday as President Mnangagwa extended his presidential amnesty to cater for more prisoners in a bid to reduce overcrowding in prisons, The Herald reports.
The development was confirmed by Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Officer Commanding Harare province, Senior Assistant Commissioner Alvord Gapare who said this to the publication:
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The release of inmates will go a long way in reducing pressure on available resources. It decongests our prisons and we commend the President for pardoning these prisoners.
Before releasing them, we carried a voluntary Covid-19 testing and we are happy that their results came out negative. We also educated them on the health measures they should observe to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
We also assisted them with letters and bus fare to see them through to their destinations
Here are the statistics of the people who were pardoned by the president yesterday:
The inmates going home yesterday came from prisons across the country. Harare prisons released 396, Mashonaland Central 259, Mashonaland West 283, Mashonaland East 242, Manicaland 321, Midlands 322, Masvingo 162, Bulawayo 280, Matabeleland North 98, and Matabeleland South 165.
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