Zimbabwe accused of freeing 'dangerous rapists' in amnesty

The Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), the largest opposition group in Zimbabwe, asserts that some of the more than 4,000 prisoners freed last week under a presidential amnesty are child rapists.

Zimbabwe accused of freeing 'dangerous rapists' in amnesty

 To relieve the overcrowding in the prisons, President Emmerson Mnangagwa pardoned the inmates selected from the 47 prisons across the nation.

Rape, according to prison officials, was among the offenses that the amnesty did not cover.

However, viral recordings depicted individuals who, according to the local media, were rapists celebrating their release, including some who had allegedly spent less than a year of their sentence.

According to a statement released by the CCC on Wednesday, it is "grossly irrational to release dangerous, unrehabilitated offenders back into society" without first warning or preparing rape victims.

In a democratic society, it is never rationally justifiable to release an unrehabilitated rapist who has not served his sentence back into the community unchecked and without protections to protect victims, according to CCC spokeswoman Fadzayi Mahere.

This practice puts women and girls in risk.

On social media, some Zimbabweans have also urged that the ruling be overturned since it endangers women.

Amnesty "is never granted to rapists or people who have committed violent crimes," according to renowned investigative journalist Hopewell Chin'ono.

A government critic named Mr. Chin'ono claimed that after the pardon, women in Zimbabwe were no longer protected.

The Zimbabwean authorities have not yet responded to the allegations.