The new President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu, has pardoned 5,001 prisoners from different correctional facilities across the East African country.
According to The EastAfrican paper, 1,516 of the prisoners were released according to the provision of Tanzania’s Prisons Act chapter 58 that offers a standard one-third reduction. These prisoners were released after a quarter of their sentences were reduced according to the Act.
3,485 remaining inmates were granted reduced sentence by a quarter under section 49 (1) of Tanzania’s Prisons Act chapter 58.
The released prisoners were urged to use the training they received in prison in nation-building and also respect the national laws.
“I would also like to ask Tanzanians to use the 57th anniversary of the Union to reflect on the various efforts made in nation-building and the role of each in continuing to build a strong nation,” said the Head of State.
A statement issued by the Director of Presidential Communications, Gerson Msigwa, the 3,485 prisoners whose sentences have been reduced will continue to serve the remaining part of their sentences in prison.
The pardoning of prisoners has been observed on yearly basis especially during Union Day, when both Tanganyika and Zanzibar came together to form the Republic of Tanzania on 26th April 1964.
Tanzania currently accommodates 35,000 reporters in its correctional facilities across the country.