To mark Africa Freedom Day, President Hakainde Hichilema said Zambia is making moves to abolish the death penalty.
He termed it a “big decision” by the government.
“We will work with parliament to run this process as we transition away from the death penalty and focus on the preservation, and rehabilitation of life while still delivering justice for all,” he said on the eve of Wednesday’s Africa Freedom Day.
“This is important. We believe in it. Africa Freedom Day is a symbol of our collective commitment to secure a better future for all.”
The Zambian President also pardoned 2, 045 inmates, including 2, 012 ordinary inmates and 33 elderly inmates. He commuted sentences for 607 inmates.
Although death penalty law is in place in the East African country, no executions have taken place since the late 90s.
The government will now work with Parliament to transition from the death penalty to focusing on preserving and rehabilitating life, while still delivering justice.