President Uhuru Kenyatta has instructed new recruits into the Kenya Prison Service to offer services that help reform the offenders without stigmatization and undue pain.
The President said as young people, the new officers will succeed and become great in their chosen career if they define their purpose early and serve in a just and fair manner.
“And as we graduate this cohort of 3,000 young men and women, and admit them to be custodians of our incarcerated, I want to instruct them on Purpose, Justice and Fairness. These are the three ingredients that make a Great Nation,” the President said.
The Head of State spoke on Thursday at the Prisons Staff Training College (PSTC) in Ruiru, Kiambu County during the 44th Passing-Out-Parade of Prisons Recruits.
The President rallied against the use of retribution, punishment, condemnation, stigmatization and pain on offenders saying Kenya Prisons must mainstream restorative justice in their reform role.
“It is not about punishing the prisoner, condemning and stigmatizing him with painful methods. It is about repairing his humanity and restoring his God given goodness.
He advised the recruits to find their purpose early enough and work towards being solution providers so as to be effective and grow in their new role.
“An effective officer with purpose is one who solves problems. And if you become a problem solver, success will certainly follow you inevitably,” President Kenyatta said.
The Head of State cited several officers from the prison service who’ve made great achievements over the years by finding their purpose in life.
Among those cited by President Kenyatta is athlete Catherine Ndereba who won the Boston marathon a record four times and went on to become the world record holder in the women’s marathon in 2001.
The Head of State commended the prisons service for its use of technology and partnerships to stump out mobile phone scammers.
The President congratulated Kenya Prisons for its growing financial fortunes and noted with satisfaction that the agency’s revenues had shot up from Ksh.2 million to over 700 million in under a year.