Hermínio José - Maputo, Mozambique
According to Frei Dinis Mário Adriano, the Pastoral Coordinator of the Prison Chaplaincy, the pardon is for ailing prisoners and those who had demonstrated signs of reform. The just-released prisoners have since been urged to be positive and live productive lives in society.
President of the Republic of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, recently announced his government’s decision to pardon 1,498 convicts.
Nyusi appealed to the spirit of reconciliation and forgiveness
The list of the pardons nationwide was drawn-up after thorough review by the government’s technocrats, Nyusi said in his annual state of the nation address to people of Mozambique. Some of the released prisoners need specialised medical treatment and care not easily accessible in prison.
The President urged Mozambicans to give the newly released inmates a chance and to welcome them in the spirit of reconciliation and forgiveness which, he said, is characteristic of the people of Mozambique.