KENYAN PRESIDENT SAYS WILL SEEK PARLIAMENT’S SUPPORT TO REFORM PRISONS

NAIROBI, The Kenyan government will seek the support of Parliament to reform laws governing correctional facilities to improve the welfare of prisoners, says President Uhuru Kenyatta, who notes that the laws were enacted during the colonial era and needed to be changed.

Speaking when he toured the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison here Wednesday after presiding at the passing out parade of prison officers at the Prisons Staff Training College in Ruiru, he said prisoners, like other Kenyans, are protected by the country’s laws just like other citizens.

The president, who assured that the Government would improve prison facilities countrywide, directed the Interior Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Joseph Nkaissery and Commissioner of Prisons Isaiah Osugo to liaise with the Chief Justice regarding petty offenders so that they could be released to decongest prison cells.

The President pointed out that some of the petty offenders have stayed longer in remand cells than they would have served jail terms if their cases were heard and determined.

Earlier, addressing the passing out of newly commissioned prison officers at the training college, he said the government had put in place measures to curb radicalization and violent extremism in prisons.

Significant steps had been made in collaboration with the National Counter-Terrorism Centre to improve training curriculum for staff and rehabilitation programmes for inmates to check the trend in the country’s correctional institutions.

“A multi-agency Task Force, which I appointed to assess the capacity of Kenya Prisons Service, has concluded its assignment and presented the report for further review, which we will shortly be undertaking,” President Kenyatta said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK