NAIROBI, Feb 17 (NNN-KBC) — The Kenyan government plans to establish a new correctional facility to confine extremist offenders to prevent them from spreading their venom to other vulnerable Kenyans, says President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Stressing that the government remained committed to containing offenders in conditions which enabled their rehabilitation to fit into society and make a positive contribution to the country, he added Tuesday: “Reforming the character of a person is extraordinarily difficult. It demands compassion, skill in discerning the character of others, and firmness.”
The President pointed out that the reform of offenders required men and women willing to combine public service with the highest standards of care for their fellow Kenyans.
“I trust that you will prove to Kenyans that you have what it takes to meet those standards, both today and throughout your terms of service,” President Kenyatta at the passing-out parade for 2,300 prison warders at the Prisons Staff Training College in Ruiru in Kiambu County, 28 kilometres northeast of here.
President Kenyatta also said the government planned to tailor its budgetary allocation to the prisons service in Kenya to meet the changing operational and logistic requirements. “We will also improve the terms and conditions of service for all Prison personnel, so that the importance of their work is properly recognized and compensated,” he added.
He called on all agencies in the criminal justice system and partners to intensify their collaborations with the Kenya Prisons Service to develop common approaches to penal reform so as to attain the noble goals of character change.
“We Kenyans believe in giving our prisoners a second chance,” he said, singling out the scheme under which inmates serve their jail terms outside the walls of prison in service to the nation, as one such programme.