COVID-19 restrictions taking a toll on female inmates at Malindi prison

Female inmates in prison. PHOTO: courtesy

Female inmates at Malindi Prison are experiencing mental anguish since visitation rights were suspended over covid-19 pandemic.

The inmates now want the government to hear their plea and allow their families to visit them to offer them hope.

Speaking at the World Women’s Day celebrations at Mtangani Women’s Prison in Malindi, the Director of sema nami mama NGO- Triza Nafula said since the pandemic was reported, most the inmates had not seen their relatives and were mentally disturbed.

“We should be allowed to offer counselling to these inmates because living almost a year without visitation from loved ones has taken a toll on them’, she said.

According to Nafula, there was a need for organizations to come forward and provide advise to female prisoners in the Country.

On their part, the inmates pleaded to be allowed to see their families vowing to maintain all health protocols in the fight against COVID-19.

“It’s really challenging period for us. How we wish to meet and see our loved ones. please let us be allowed to even encourage our children during this difficult period’, They pleaded.

The deputy superintendent of the prison Zipora Kadzo advised the inmates not to be discouraged despite being incarcerated.