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Prisoners plead with society to accept them once they are out of cells

18 September 2013, 23:33 John Kioko

Kwale - Members of public and society at large have been urged to accept prisoners once they are out of jail instead of discriminating them since they are reformed.

They said most of the time society do not accept them and are only perceived as criminals even after being reformed making it difficult to cope with the environment outside prisons.

Speaking at Kwale women prison on Sunday Consolata Wanjiku one of the inmates said once they are done with their jail terms they are reformed and should be accepted by the community.

“It is unfortunate that the society all the time perceive prisoners who complete their terms as criminals. They should know once we are here this is a college we get a lot of knowledge which can be used outside for the benefits of Kenyans,” she said.

She made the remarks at the prison premises when women from Gospel Revival Center Church in Kwale visited them and gave them a word of encouragement.

The church women Christians also distributed clothes to five children for inmates, shoes, toothpaste, toothbrush, inner wear and soap.

Wanjiku urged locals in Kwale and especially Christians and Muslims to frequent visit them and help them with some of the basic needs which they don’t get from their families which are far away.

‘Most of us were transferred either from Shimo la tewa,Malind,Kilifi or Tana River and other parts of the country and so we don’t have relatives to bring us those things. We depend on people like you church goers,” she urged.

Gospel Church Center church women leader Catherine Chaka said that inmates need spiritual nourishment at least once per month urging locals and religious people in the area to visit them.

She encouraged the inmates to work hard as they remain in prison and take serious the studies they get which are very important to the society.

“Being in prison is not the end life has to continue and that why we have come here to share with you word of God. We promise that you will see us frequently here,’ she said.

Visiting the inmates, Mwaka said it help a lot since they feel loved by the society and broadens their mind by socializing with them.

“These people need to be visited all the time because once they mingle with people they feel happy at least they change their mind,” she said.

 Four of the women who were pagans converted after the service and promised to stick in serving the Almighty God.


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