LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)- President Peter Mutharika, this week pardoned 378 prisoners as part of Malawi’s 53rd Independence Celebrations.
This is also an annual independence prerogative that empowers the head of state to free inmates, particularly those that have served three quarters of their sentences and a clean record while in prison.
In a press statement issued and signed by Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security’s Principal Secretary Samuel Madula, and made available to The Maravi Post, many of the pardoned inmates, are those with trivial cases.
Madula said that the pardoning of these inmates is a sign of forgiveness, as the country clocks its 53rd year of independence.
“The prisoners who have been pardoned, are those with minor offences, and have demonstrated good behavioral reforms or are chronically ill.
“The pardon of the 378 prisoners by His Excellency the President, is a symbol of forgiveness during this year’s Republic Celebrations,” reads the statement.
Memories however, are still fresh over this year’s independence celebrations, following the Bingu National Stadium’ (BNS) stampede tragedy that claimed eight lives and injured over 62 people; among them, children who wanted to patronize the event.
There has been a blame game between the police and stadium officials as to who failed their duties in avoiding the tragic occurrence.
President Mutharika last week, instituted commission of enquiry that is to determine what happen on the incident.