The Ministry of Homeland Security has announced that two prisoners have received a presidential pardon following their selection to pursue tertiary studies in public universities.
A statement from the Ministry of Homeland Security details that President Dr Lazarus Chakwera in exercise of powers as accorded to him under Section 89(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi granted pardon to the two prisoners.
“The prisoners have demonstrated good behavioural reform, while serving their sentences, by becoming top students among prisoners who sat for the 2022-2023 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) Examination. One prisoner has been selected to Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS), and another to Mzuzu University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts,” reads the statement in part.
Secretary for Homeland Security, Oliver Kumbambe, in the statement said the pardon of the two prisoners by President Chakwera is an act of mercy and recognition of the right to education.
He said: “Further, the pardon is also an indication that prisons are there to reform and rehabilitate inmates by among others, providing psycho-social support and counselling.”