The Principal Secretary (PS) in the state department of Correctional Services, Micah Powon has decried congestion in the country’s penal institutions.
Speaking after touring the Kapenguria Prison in West Pokot County, Powon observed that half of the populations in the Prison are remandees still awaiting for the conclusion of their cases and called on the Judiciary to speed up cases.
The PS pointed out that the congestion in the penal institutions has affected service delivery in Prisons as the department uses a lot of resources to cater for the inmates.
“I am calling upon the Courts to hasten the judicial process in a bid to reduce over-population and the cost of housing and taking care of the remandees”, he said.
During his tour the PS presided over the opening of a church sponsored by Shakinah ministries within the institution which will be used by the prison community, saying this will greatly help in reforming the convicted prisoners.
The area Deputy Governor, Titus Lotee said the county government will work on a programme to build decent houses for the Prison warders.
Lotee pointed out that houses will provide a conducive housing environment and help in solving the shortage of staff houses in the institution.
Kapenguria prison accommodates about 800 inmates but its capacity being 500 inmates.
By John Saina