President Edgar Lungu has been commended for releasing former Labour Minister Austin Liato and other convicts from prison on account of ill health.
Green Party Leader Peter Sinkamba says the move is welcome considering that prisons are highly congested which is causing prisoners to suffer from different diseases.
Mr.Sinkamba has since called on President Lungu to consider pardoning prisoners with circumstantial cases such as those who are serving jail sentences on account of cultivating Marijuana.
Mr. Sinkamba notes that prisons in the country are full of people who have been jailed for merely cultivating marijuana.
He has since appealed to President Lungu to increase the number of prisoners to be released using the presidential prerogative of mercy during the commemoration of Zambia’s 51st independence anniversary.