Tanzanian’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan has pardoned 5,001 prisoners who were serving various sentences in different prison facilities across the country. 1,516 prisoners have been released after a quarter of their sentences were reduced under the provisions of the Prisons Act chapter 58.
She urged all released prisoners to make good use of the training they received while in incarceration and to join their fellow citizens in nation building while respecting and complying with national laws.Samia Suluhu was sworn in as Tanzania’s president at State House in Dar es Salaam following the death of former president John Pombe Magufuli.
The 61 year old Suluhu Hassan began her political path in 2000 after she was elected as a special seat member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives and appointed a minister. At the time, she was the only high-ranking female minister in the Cabinet. After serving two terms, she sought election to the National Assembly in 2010, winning the vote by more than 80%. President Jakaya Kikwete appointed her as the minister of state for union affairs and in 2014.
According to a statement issued by the Director of Presidential Communications, Gerson Msigwa, ” 3,485″ prisoners whose sentences have been reduced will continue to serve the remaining part of their sentences in prison.”I would also like to ask Tanzanians to use the 57th anniversary of the Union to reflect on the various efforts made in nation building and the role of each in continuing to build a strong nation,” -Tanzania’ female president.