Lusaka, Zambia | Xinhua | Out-going Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Thursday pardoned 60 inmates, including those who were serving cases of defaming him.
Others pardoned include lactating mothers, pregnant women, the old and the terminally-ill, among others.
The inmates have been pardoned in line with the prerogative of mercy powers vested on the Zambian president in the constitution.
The out-going Zambian leader said the people pardoned had learnt their lessons and need to be helped so that they integrate into society and become useful citizens, according to a statement issued by his office.
He has further lifted suspensions of prison officials who were suspended for engaging in politics.