A total of 3,000 prisoners from various Burundian prisons were released on Monday after the ceremonies of release and punishment by the Head of State, Evariste Ndayishimiye, at the central prison of Mpimba, in Bujumbura.
A new page has been turned for 3,000 prisoners released on Monday after the ceremonies of release by the Head of State, Evariste Ndahishimiye. « We must avoid that a person spends three months without being judged, » said the head of state, adding that a politician, a journalist, a member of civil society will not be imprisoned for his social status, but for the crime he has committed.
During his speech, Ndayishimiye said that « a crime will not go unpunished. Whoever is found guilty of a crime will be judged according to the law. According to sources close to the Burundian President, this communication is a warning to all those who think that this presidential pardon is a promotion of impunity in this country.
Call for good behaviour
Ndayishimiye, on this occasion, called on these released prisoners to show good conduct by investing in the development work of the country. He also called on the community to facilitate their reintegration.
In the wake of this, the local media, which approached the released prisoners, suggest that they thanked Evariste Ndayishimiye for this gesture, how commendable. « It is the first time that a president grants a pardon and that he himself comes here to free the prisoners. It is a joy. I can’t wait to be back with my family, » said a prisoner to our Iwacu colleagues.
It should be noted that on 30 December 2020, the Burundian Head of State granted a presidential pardon to 5,000 prisoners throughout the country. This pardon concerns prisoners whose sentences have been reduced and those whose charges have been dropped but who had already served three-quarters of their sentences.
Prisoners in Burundi