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Museveni Set to Pardon 2,700 Prisoners

A total of 2 ,700 inmates  are  set to benefit from the presidential pardon under the constitutional prerogative of mercy.

This website has learnt that the Uganda Prisons service submitted the list of the beneficiaries to the Attorney General’s office in July who in turn submitted the list to the President’s Office.

Attorney General William Byaruhanga was not available for a comment when contacted on Thursday while Justice Minister Gen (Rtd) Kahinda Otafiire said he was busy in Parliament.

However, Uganda Prisons spokesperson Frank Baine confirmed submitting the list and that they are waiting for a go-ahead.

“The names were sent to the authorities for consideration because the names are approved by the President,” Mr Baine said, without revealing any names.

Under the prerogative of mercy, the Constitution permits the President to pardon several prisoners on the advice of the Attorney General.

Some of those chosen for pardon are those who have served about 50% of their sentences and all minor offenders who have less than six months in jail.

Others include the elderly, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and the terminally ill.

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The President last pardoned prisoners in 2013 when  Sharma Kooky, who was convicted of murdering his wife, was set free after spending 12 years in prison.

Another former beneficiary of the presidential pardon is former security minister in the Obote II regime, Mr Chris Rwakasisi, who had been sentenced to death.

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