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Land grabbing stalls construction of women prison in Bungoma

28 April 2015, 13:33 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - Land grabbing has stalled the construction of women prisoners' wing at the Bungoma GK prison.

Coordination Principal Secretary, Josephta Mukobe said that it has proved expensive and costly to transport women prisoners to Kakamega prison yet they don't have facilities to accommodate them in Bungoma as they attend court sessions.

Speaking Sunday after visiting the facility in a routine tour of prisons, the PS said that the prisons lands have been grabbed by the 'big people' in the society who have already developed them.

"We are saddened by the state of affairs; majority of prisons land has been grabbed and we cannot expand our facilities and this has paralyzed our vision," she said.

She said that the government cannot construct good houses for prison officers or expand the prisoners' facilities because the entire land has been grabbed.

Mukobe urged the government to work hard to reclaim the land so they can be able to expand the infrastructure because majority of prisons are dilapidated having been built during the colonial era.

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"Lack of land has also denied the prison officers the chance to grow various crops through farming and thus they are unable to feed the prisoners," she said.

The PS said that the Country has over 55 000 prisoners and called on the prisons department to consider putting its priorities right if they are to succeed in discharging their duties.

She noted that Bungoma is one of the most populated counties and called on residents to support the prisons facility to curb crime in the region.

"This correctional facility also needs to be well fenced to help secure the prisoners and any person who might be planning to enter it without permission.

Bungoma Prison in charge, Henry Ochieng appealed to the government to improve on the housing infrastructure for the Prison Wardens who are currently living in dilapidated shanties.

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