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Daily Nation : February 18th 2014
26 | Africa News TRAGIC | More than 100 prisoners died last year in Zimbabwe’s cash-strapped prisons Mugabe pardons 2,000 prisoners Mercy move extends to all terminally ill inmates, and those over 70 years-old HARARE, Monday Z imbabwean President Robert Mugabe has pardoned 2,000 prisoners, mostly women and juveniles, a move that should ease congestion in the country’s jails, a government notice showed today. The numbers of pardoned prisoners amounts to more than 10 percent of the prison population, which stood at 18,460 last year against a holding capacity of 17,000. Under the sweeping amnesty all females will go home, except those serving life terms, according to the clemency notice. Mugabe also granted amnesty to prisoners aged 18 and under “irrespective of the offences they committed”. The pardon also extends to all terminally ill inmates, and those over 70 years-old. Prisoners convicted of murder, treason, rape, carjacking, armed robbery, stock theft and those serving a sentence imposed by a court martial are excluded from PHOTO |AFP Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the African Leaders Forum on Disability in Lilongwe, Malawi, on February 10, 2014. the amnesty. The country’s constitution allows a president to extend amnesty to prisoners whenever he wishes. More than 100 prisoners died last year in Zimbabwe’s cash-strapped prisons, which have been hit by food shortages, according to a rights group citing prison statistics. The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said prison officials had told a parliamentary committee that the prisoners died “owing to nutrition-related illnesses induced Prison officials had told a parliamentary committee that the prisoners died “owing to nutritionrelated illnesses induced by food shortages and natural causes” Zimbabwe lawyers for Human rights by food shortages and natural causes”. In 2009, the International Com- mittee of the Red Cross had to step in with food, blankets and soap handouts to avert massive hunger and disease outbreaks. (AFP) DAILY NATION Tuesday February 18, 2014 Botswana gays target politicians BY MTOKOZISI DUBE NATION Correspondent GABORONE, Tuesday The newly formed University of Bot- swana Lesbians Gays and Bisexuals has threatened to de-campaign any politician who opposes their cause ahead of Botswana’s 2014 General Elections. The group said any elections’ candidate who ‘categorises society according to sexual orientation’ loses their vote. Student representative president, Mr Kago Mokotedi said homosexuals would not continue voting for politicians who despise them. “We have politicians who want to be voted into power and yet they won’t advocate for the recognition of homosexuals. If they don’t want homosexuals then they should make it clear so that homosexuals also stop voting for them. Homosexuals continue voting for people who don’t like them,” he said. He further condemned leaders who give an impression that society only comprises of heterosexuals, also blaming them for not putting pressure on government to accept and appreciate homosexuals. The group is set to meet Minister of Education Dr Pelonomi VensonMoitoi for endorsement.
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