682 names of convicted inmates have been submitted to the Attorney General by Uganda Prisons Services to benefit from the presidential pardon.
Uganda Prison Services Spokesperson, Frank Baine told the press at Naguru police headquarters on Monday that the move is aimed at decongesting prison facilities across the country.
“Every July, we submit the names we deem fit for pardon and it is the discretion of the committee to look through and forward them for the presidential pardon or sit on the list and the year passes without the pardon,” he said.
Baine told reporters that the list includes petty offenders who have served three-quarters of their sentences and capital offenders who are left with only six months to complete their punishments.
They include convicts aged 65 years and above, convicted rogues and vagabonds, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and minor offenders with complicated ailments.
UPS has also submitted another list of 170 suspects remanded on COVID-19 related offences to the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution for review.
The Constitution mandates the president to pardon prisoners on the advice of the prerogative of the mercy committee and the Attorney General.
In 2020, President Museveni pardoned 833 prisoners across the country because of the COVID-19 pandemic.