CS Kindiki lifts ban on family visits in prison

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On Thu, 29 Feb, 2024 11:10 | 2 mins read
Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithure Kindiki addressing a sensitization public gathering at Kiambere, Mbeere North Constituency, Embu County. PHOTO/Kindiki(@KindikiKithure)/X
Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithure Kindiki addressing a sensitization public gathering at Kiambere, Mbeere North Constituency, Embu County. PHOTO/Kindiki(@KindikiKithure)/X

Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithure Kindiki has directed the resumption of family visits in prisons ending the 4 year ban.

Family visits in prison were banned by the previous regime in 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to help control the spread of the virus. The ban was meant to last 30 days but was extended and never lifted.

Addressing inmates at the Naivasha Maximum Prison, the CS noted that the move will allow inmates to interact with their loved ones. He also announced plans to engage the Power of Mercy Commission to help decongest prison and correctional facilities by 50 per cent.

The CS also noted that the pandemic is now a thing of the past therefore inmates have the opportunity to see their loved ones.

“We have lifted the ban on prison visitation and from now henceforth families will get a chance to visit the inmates,” Kindiki said.

He, at the same time, assured inmates that the government was looking forward to revamping prison facilities across the country, he particularly stated that his ministry has discussed means to modernize equipment and fund prison enterprises as well as disburse better equipment to prisons.

"Nitaongea na attorney general ili mpango wa power of mercy isaidie ili kupunguza mrundikano katika majela zetu, and I have committed that we are going to decongest our prisons by 50 percent and all categories of our inmates will be covered in that power of mercy program, we have discussed about modernizing equipment in our correctional services and we are going to fund the prison enterprises so that we can have better facilities and better equipment," Kindiki added.

In the same breath, the CS who launched the Naivasha GK prison maize milling plant during his visit assured inmates that the government is planning to launch more milling plants across various prisons to empower inmates to process their food.

Kindiki hailed the initiative stating that the milling plant can mill 100 bags of maize daily.

"I'm impressed to see the mill we have commissioned here with a big capacity of milling flour and other by-products from maize, we want to extend that capacity and have similar facilities in other parts of the country. We have plans to launch similar milling plants across the country as part of empowering prisons and making sure that inmates can process food for themselves,” he said.

Further, the CS assured inmates that his ministry is working on a funding initiative to assist released inmates in reintegrating into society.

“This fund will assist inmates with a start-up kit and a small grant which will help them reintegrate with the community once they are released,” the vocal CS added.

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