Zambia President Edgar Lungu on his 63rd birthday has pardoned three high profile prisoners.
However, the presidency releases a statement confirming the release of the five prisoners.
Lungu picked the prisoners he released from various correctional facilities.
Moreover, the prisoners pardoned include a former minister, a journalist and an ex-air force commander.
In essence, the statement reads in part as follows:
“The president has pardoned Chief Molunge, Former Minister in the movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMO) Government, Maxwell Mwale, Journalist Derrick Sinjela, Afunba Mombotwa, and Christopher Singogo, Former Zambian Commander.
President’s action is in line with article 97 of the constitution of Zambia
chapter (1) of the laws of Zambia which provides for president pardon and substitution
of severe punishments imposed on the convicted”.
president hinted about the release of the proprietor of Rainbow Newspaper last
After all, Lungu promised to review Sinjela’s sentence while speaking with journalists during a media conference at the Presidency.
Occasionally, most Presidents across Africa offered pardon to certain categories of convicts, especially during the Independence Day commemoration.
In some cases, sentences are reduced and death sentences are commuted to life imprisonment.
At least three gold miners died after a mine caved in on Thursday, October 10.
accident occurred in Nango, Bonde, Siaya County in Kenya after a heavy downpour
on Thursday morning.
Bondo Sub County Police Commander, Anthony Wafula confirmed the incident.
Wafula, victims including an Egerton University, Nakuru campus student – David Ochieng
Duro, a Kenya certificate of secondary education at Uyawi Secondary school –
Nicholas Arwa and a secondary school student – Kevin O Ochieng’ Juma.
investigations have commenced into the accident
“ Mines in
the area will be closed until all the safety measures are adhered to” Said Wafula.
Recently, the government sent a directive stopping all mining activities at the Nango site due to safety.