President Rupiah Banda has ordered the release of 574 prisoners country-wide.
President Banda has further ordered that the persons be released from custody immediately.
President Banda has released the prisoners according to the powers vested in the President under article 59 D of the constitution of Zambia.
Their release is however on conditions that during the period up to the respective dates when they were supposed to have completed serving their sentences, they do not commit offences similar to those for which they are convicted.
This is according to the statement released by Home Affairs Minister Mhkondo Lungu to ZNBC news in Lusaka on Wednesday.
Mr. Lungu said that, “the President BANDA hopes that the released prisoners will be received well in society, and be accorded an opportunity to re-integrate and be law abiding citizens”.