COVID-19:4800 prisoners to be released

Shimo la Tewa prison in Mombasa./file

4800 prisoners are set to be released from Kenyan prisons over the next few days.

This is according to the National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ).

According to a statement from the NCAJ, this will apply to those who are serving for petty offenses as the country battles the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed lives and infected more than 100 people in the country.

The council noted that new prisoners are being isolated for the requisite 14 days.

This is in line with the safety measures put in place by the National Emergency Response Committee on coronavirus as regards social distancing.

Movement of prisoners has also been strictly restricted with NCAJ adding that all prison visits have been suspended.

The prison workforce has also been reduced to a bare minimum and visits to staff quarters also suspended to avert the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

The latest comes after Kenya confirmed Coronavirus, cases hitting 110 as confirmed by health CS Mutahi Kagwe on  Thursday.

On Wednesday, CS Kagwe urged Kenyans to adhere to the stringent measures imposed by the government.

“What we are stopping is meetings that are against social distancing,” he said,”Kagwe said