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