Nairobi,KENYA: The Wundayi prison women wing prison in Taita Taveta county is among the prison wings that are to be converted into fully fledged women’s prisons.
This is according to a notice issued by Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i in the latest issue of the Kenyan Gazette.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 24 (1) of the Prisons Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government declares the women’s wings of prisons set out in
the first column of the Schedule to this notice to be women’s prisons as set out in the second column of the Schedule.” Reads the gazette notice issued.
Other prisons whose women’s wing have been converted into women’s prisons include the Bungoma women wing, Narok Women wing, Nanyuki women wing, Makueni remand women wing, Homabay women wing, Mwingi women wing, Garissa women wing, Kajiado women wing, Busia women wing and Lodwar women wing.
Sections 24 (1) and (2) of the prisons act, grants the Minister powers to declare new prisons.
“The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, declare any building, enclosure or place, or any part thereof, to be a prison for the purposes of this Act, and may, in a like manner, declare that any prison shall cease to be a prison for the purposes of this Act.” Reads the act.
Notable women’s prisons in the country include Langata women’s prison and the Nakuru women’s prison.