Kilifi, KENYA:Twenty nine prisoners at Kilifi GK prison have been set free following President Uhuru’s amnesty during the Mashujaa day celebrations.
The prisoners released were those with petty offences.
Speaking to the press during the release of the prisoners at the Kilifi GK prison, Hassan Waqo, the GK prison officer in charge, called upon the community to accept and avoid stigmatising them as they look to start new chapters of their lives.
“These are the ones with petty offences and those who had short jail terms ,my apeal to the community is to accept them as their brothers and sisters as they venture into new chapters of their lives,” said Waqo.
John Maundu who was arrested and charged with theft in Mombasa thanked the president for the move.
“I had not expected this to happen but thank God I am now out and happy for the skills I have gotten for the shortest period of time i have been here,” said Maundu.
Another prisoner Ibrahim Katana, who is still serving seven years in prison; called upon the president to concider setting free prisoners who have served long jail terms and have graduated after learning different skills.
“We also need to be free and carry on with our duty of building the nation and in this regard I call up on the president to be considerate to us,” said Katana.