11 prisoners that the Malawi Prison Services (MPS) proposed to gain freedom courtesy of the 48th Independence celebration have been denied the freedom because State President Joyce Banda feels they were in humane.
“With powers vested upon me I have pardoned 377 prisoners but I have rejected 11 others on the list on grounds that they were involved in defilement and other related cases,” she disclosed.
She was speaking at the COMESA International Conference Centre in Blantyre where there were national prayers in commemoration of the 48th Malawi Independence celebration.
Among others, prison authorities look at reformed prisoners, the period the prisoners have served and those that have ill health.
But Malawi President Mrs. Joyce Banda revealed that although some of the ones that she has refused to give consent to have poor health, she had no choice but delete the names from the lift because of the seriousness of their offences.
The cases include murder, rape or sexual offenses on young girls, carjacking and armed robbery.
It has been a tradition that as part of independence celebrations Malawi leaders pardons prisoners annually.
The amnesty will likely reduce congestion in the Malawi prisons.
A statement from the Ministry of Home Affairs under which Malawi Prisons fall, states that most of the inmates released had served at least half of their prison sentences with good behavior and were not convicted of serious crimes.
There are more than 10, 000 prisoners in the country’s prisons but the figure is double the prisons capacity, a development that has led to poor sanitation and a high rate of contagious diseases.