In an amnesty published in Government Gazette No 36, general notice 85/2016, Mugabe pardoned all convicted female prisoners regardless of offences, with the exception of a few serving life sentences.
“A full remission of remaining imprisonment is, hereby, granted to all female prisoners regardless of offences committed, save for those sentenced to life imprisonment and to death,” part of the order reads.
Chikurubi Female Prison, which was home to 246 prisoners, released 139 inmates yesterday.
Some of the prisoners were due to serve lengthy jail terms for murder, fraud and armed robbery.
Those who remained behind are inmates still on remand and a few foreigners, who will be released to their respective governments.
Mosline Chakamufuna (25), who was sentenced two weeks ago to 10 years in prison for murdering her child, was one of the beneficiaries of the presidential pardon.
She joins Adlaidy Murombo (21), who was jailed for 10 years in 2014 for attempted murder, after striking her uncle with an iron bar in the eye.