President Emmerson Mnangagwa has pardoned all female convicts, juveniles under the age of 18 years, inmates sentenced to life in imprisonment and also prisoners aged 70 years and above.
The General Notice 673 of 2020 reveals that Zimbabwe’s leader made the order in terms of section 112(1)(a) and (d) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
“Full remission of the remaining period of imprisonment is hereby granted to all female prisoners, save for those convicted of specified offences. The inmate should have served at least half of her sentence,” the notice reads.
“Full remission of the remaining period of imprisonment is hereby granted to all juvenile prisoners under the age of eighteen (18), save for those convicted of specified offences. The prisoners should have served at least one-third of his or her sentence.”
The President also pardoned prisoners serving an effective period of 36 months and below and who would have served half of their sentence as of today.
Prisoners sentenced to life in imprisonment, who have have served for at least 25 years were also pardoned.
“Full remission of the remaining period of imprisonment is hereby granted to all prisoners who have been bedridden for a prolonged period without recovery upon certification by a Correctional Medical Officer or a Government Medical Officer. The Department of Correctional Service should liaise with social welfare so that a commitment for providing medication is attained. Remission of sentence for prisoners at the Open Prison,” the general notice on pardoning reads.
The amnesty also includes prisoners whose sentences were altered to life imprisonment on appeal or review.
“A commutation of death sentence to life imprisonment is hereby granted to all prisoners who have been on the death row for at least ten years and above. Quarter remission of sentence for prisoners serving effective sentence above 36 months,” reads the General Notice 673 of 2020
“Prisoners serving an effective period of imprisonment of more than thirty-six months who have served a third of their remaining sentence are hereby granted an additional one-quarter remission of the remaining effective period of imprisonment. Prisoners excluded from the proposed amnesty”