LUNGU releases three prisoners

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President Edgar Lungu has signed an order of release for three prisoners charged with publication of false news with intent to cause fear and alarm.

The three prisoners are part of a group agitating for the independence of Barotseland.

Their release follows recommendation from the Zambia Prisons Service.

President Lungu’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda has told ZNBC News that the president’s action is in line with the day of reconciliation, prayer and fasting set for Sunday.

Mr. Chanda says the president is set to release more prisoners on Independence Day under the presidential amnesty privilege.

Earlier Vice President Inonge Wina said the government has not failed to sort out the subject of the Barotseland Agreement.

Mrs Wina says Government will engage all relevant stakeholders.

The Vice President says the question of pardoning of individuals being held in jails in connection to the Barotse is the prerogative of the President.

But Ms Wina said those were some of the issues worthy reflecting on during the day of national prayers, fasting and reconciliation.

Meanwhile, Mrs Wina says the government has not failed to sort out the subject of the Barotseland Agreement.

Mrs Wina says Government will engage all relevant stakeholders.

The Vice President says the question of pardoning of individuals being held in jails in connection to the Barotse is the prerogative of the President.

But Ms Wina said those were some of the issues worthy reflecting on during the day of national prayers, fasting and reconciliation.

And Mrs Wina announced that the five ministries created were functioning.

Answering a question from Liuwa MP Situmbeko Musokotwane on the alleged distribution of computers in PF areas, Ms WINA said that is not the correct picture.

She said the ministry of education has a programme of distributing computers to all schools in the country.

Ms Wina said even schools in her constituency Nalolo were yet to receive the computers.

And responding to Mapatizya MP Clive Miyanda who asked whether or not government is aware that Zimbabweans were pumping more water than Zambia for their mining activities, Ms WINA said the government will follow up the matter.

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