Oliver Musembi @Morarak
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday challenged the Kenya Prison Service to tap its revenue potential to curtail dependency on The Treasury. Speaking during the Kenya Prison Staff Training College passing out parade for 3,198 recruits, the President told the department to diversify its revenue base in the face of financial constraints.
“It is prudent for the service to review its operations to address the challenge of resources amidst an ever-growing population and competing demands,” said the Head of State who was accompanied by Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i and Prisons Director General Isaya Osugo.
Uhuru directed the service to embark on fresh recruitment of prison staff in order to meet the shortage of staff at the country’s correctional facilities. He also advised individual prisons to establish income generating activities and programs that will help the institutions effectively rehabilitate prisoners.
Emphasising the need for fair treatment of prisoners by balancing deterrent punishment with correctional measures, he told prison staff to treat inmates humanely, fairly and with respect and honour.
At the same time, the President said the government is considering alternative rehabilitation programs for eight thousand prisoners in a bid to decongest prisons. Matiang’i said the department was in the course of strengthening and developing correctional services in the country as per the president’s directives.
Also present at the occasion were International Trade Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary Ababu Namwamba, Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu among other leaders. The graduands underwent training offered by the college in partnership with Kenyatta University.