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Prison boss vows to stump out crime in penal facilities

The  Commissioner General (CG) for Prison Services, Wycliffe  Ogalo has vowed to end crime related activities within the facilities during his tenure in office.

The  CG   was  speaking on Wednesday in Nyamira County while touring the ongoing construction of Esianyi Prison in  North Mugirango Constituency.

Ogalo  said his department  has put  measures in place to ensure all manner of crimes ranging from cybercrime to drug  smuggling  in prisons will soon be a thing of the past.

He  noted that many Kenyans have fallen prey to con activities which are traced to prisons facilities.

“I want to make drastic changes in the prison services to end all the crimes associated with inmates because many Kenyans  have been duped into conning games which are traced back to the prisons, drugs have been smuggled into the correctional centres making the facilities lose their purpose,” he observed.

“We  want  to bring sanity in our facilities and I’m therefore issuing a stern warning to those officials who may be found promoting the illegal activities within the prison of dire consequences, we must ensure the image of our services is maintained and at the same time protect innocent Kenyans from falling prey to these irresponsible behaviors by the inmates,” he added.

The  CG is  in a three day  tour in Nyanza region where he is set to visit all prisons to monitor their progress and service delivery.

Esianyi  Prison is  projected to cost Sh. 52 million with only Sh. 16 million having been released with 15% of the works done.

By  Deborah Bochere/Dan Nyamanga

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