By Lifu Litetet – Malawi Exclusive
As part of celebrating this year’s Independence Day which falls on July 6 every year, President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has pardoned 175 prisoners across the country’s prisons.
Traditionally, during such celebrations in exercise of his powers, a state president is empowered to pardon prisoners who have met certain requirements during their stay in prison.
Confirming the development, government spokesperson Gospel Kazako said as part of celebrating the country’s 58th anniversary President Chakwera has pardoned 175 prisoners.
“The pardoned prisoners are those that have served over 75% of their custodial sentence, those with serious health conditions, the elderly and those that have demonstrated good conduct during their stay in prison,” said Kazako.
Kazako further said the pardoning process is also one way of decongesting the country’s prisons which are overcrowded.
During his message on Independence Day, Chakwera preached on the need for the country to remain united as he strives to bring back the country’s economy on track.
Chakwera stressed the need for unity of purpose as with unity the country can achieve a lot in social economic development.