Zimbabwe has released a fifth of all prisoners under a presidential amnesty order aimed at freeing up space in the country’s overcrowded prisons, reported by the BBC.
The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service announced that more than 4,000 prisoners, mostly men, had been released as a noble gesture. Violators convicted of robbery, treason and violations of public order were not pardoned.
Zimbabwe’s prisons are overcrowded.
The move comes ahead of the August election. President Emmerson Mnangagwa is grappling with a number of crises such as the rising cost of living, high inflation and power outages.