President Edgar Lungu has pardoned 336 prisoners as part of commemorations of the 52nd Independence Day celebrations.
President Lungu says the pardoning is an independence anniversary gesture of goodwill extended to the inmates.
Mr Lungu has freed the prisoners in exercise of powers vested in him under Article 59 of the Constitution of Zambia which empowers the Head of State to exercise prerogative of mercy.
“As we celebrate 52 years of our independence, I have extended a gesture of goodwill to these people by pardoning a total of 336 prisoners,” Mr Lungu said.
The convicts were picked from various prisons across the country which included Mukobeko Maximum Prison.
Zambia will celebrate her 52nd Independence Anniversary under the theme: “Consolidating our Independence and National Unity for a Smart Zambia.”
This was according to 19-00 hours ZNBC News monitored by ZANIS News in Lusaka, last evening.