Republic President Edgar Lungu has today pardoned 2,984 inmates across the country, as he exercised his prerogative of mercy, ahead of the African Freedom Day which falls on 25th May, 2020.

Announcing the Development to the media in Lusaka today, Minister of Home Affairs Steven Kampyongo said the pardoned include 2,903 ordinally inmates, 55 old age, 3 medical cases, 11 on compassionate ground, 9 on presidential pleasure and 12 foreign nationals.

Mr. Kampyongo also said 155 of the total pardoned inmates are females and 2829 are male prisoners.

He said the pardoned number represents 14% of the total inmates in the country and that there are now 19,248 total inmates remaining in the prisons country wide.

And Mr. Kampyongo said 2,719 un-convicted inmates, charged with misdemeanor offences were granted unconditional bail to help decongest prisons in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

He said Zambia correctional service has equally been implementing set health guidelines in correctional facilities to prevent Coronavirus.

Mr. Kampyongo said wearing of face masks, social distancing and hand washing is done by inmates as they appear in public places such as courts of law and during admission.