Thirty inmates at Eldoret Main Prison on Tuesday participated in a parade at the prison grounds to showcase their prowess in a beauty contest in search for 2017/2018 Mr. and Miss Eldoret Main prison.
The event organised by the institution in collaboration with Vera Beauty College targets talent search and building relationships among the inmates.
The inmates, 15 males and 15 females competed in the categories of casual, official and creative wear.
Stephen Kabiru, the Officer in Charge of the Prison said the event organised annually aims at discouraging idleness and also relieving boredom among the 1,800 inmates.
I hail the organizers for supporting the prisons department in the efforts to rehabilitate and reform offenders through such events, said Kabiru.
He said the event helps in minimizing fights and wrangles, build self-esteem for the inmates and make prison life worth living.
The inmates come from diverse backgrounds, for them to live in harmony we need to organize such events to bring them together, he explained.
The competition also promotes creativity to enable inmates who complete their sentences to engage in worthwhile activities outside prison.
Ms. Victoria Letting 26, and Anderson Oronche, 29, emerged the winners after a tight competition. Ms. Letting is in for murder charges while Oronche is serving a four year sentence for manslaughter.
Everline Nduku, Vera Beauty College Eldoret Branch Manager said this is the fifth year they are supporting the event.
We will continue to support the initiative for it is a motivation to the inmates, she said.
Other than talent show the inmates are also equipped with carpentry, building and construction among other artistic skills.
Every year during agricultural shows, the Prisons Stand attracts many show goers who admire their products that have been skillfully produced.
Source: Kenya News Agency