Uhuru invites prisoners he freed on Jamhuri Day to State House
14 December 2015, 08:21
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta met prisoners he freed during Jamhuri Day after inviting them for a visit to State House.
The President invoked the power of mercy and pardoned 48 prisoners as part of the 52nd Jamhuri Day celebrations on Saturday.
Among the freed prisoners is Weru Murithi who was the longest serving prisoner after 41 years in jail.
President Kenyatta urged them to stay away from the crimes that
landed them in jail and instead put into practice the skills they
learned while in prison to lead productive lives.
The President said pardoned prisoners who committed crimes after
release from jail would spoil chances for others to enjoy the amnesty
and make it difficult for society to accept them back.
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“If you care for those you have left behind in prison, avoid criminal
activities. Be an example to others and you will help other inmates to
enjoy the presidential amnesty,” he added.
Prisons Commissioner General Isaiah Osugo and outgoing Interior
Principal Secretary Monica Juma accompanied the pardoned prisoners.
Osugo said the prisoners have been rehabilitated and equipped with
vocational skills that would enable them to rebuild their lives.
The pardoned prisoners thanked the President for the act of mercy and assured him that they will be law abiding citizens.
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