In an effort to alleviate the issue of overcrowded prisons in Zimbabwe, the country has implemented a presidential amnesty order resulting in the release of approximately one-fifth of all prisoners.
The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service (ZPCS) disclosed that over 4,000 inmates, predominantly men, were granted their freedom in what was described as a commendable gesture.
However, it is important to note that the amnesty excluded individuals convicted of violent crimes, robbery, treason, and public order offenses.
The prisons in Zimbabwe have been grappling with severe overcrowding, making this initiative a necessary step towards addressing the problem.
This action has been taken in anticipation of general elections scheduled for August. President Emmerson Mnangagwa is currently facing numerous challenges including a high cost of living, inflation, and power cuts.
The release of prisoners serves as part of the government’s broader efforts to tackle these issues and promote stability within the country.