President Yoweri Museveni has pardoned and ordered release from Prison a total of 833 inmates who have been locked up in different parts of the country.
The President is allowed under Article 121 of the Constitution to pardon prisoners with advice from the Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy.
Majority of the released convicts were petty offenders who do not go beyond two years but had completed three quarters of their sentences.
Others include breast-feeding inmates and prisoners aged 60 or above.
Uganda Prisons Service since the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic in the country in March, had expressed the need to significantly decongest prisons.
President Museveni in his directive said foreigners on the pardon list should only be released on condition that they are repatriated from the country.
Accordingly, in a letter to the Commissioner General Prisons Johnson Byabashaija, Solicitor General John Bosco Rujagaata Suuza advised the Prisons to coordinate with the Foreign Affairs Ministry to ensure that this condition is met.
President Museveni has in the past pardoned prisoners.
Former minister for Security in the Milton Obote II government, Mr Chris Rwakasisi, who had been on death row for two decades, was released in 2009.
Below is the full list