Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithure Kindiki, on Monday, May 8, instantaneously promoted a prison warden who impressed him with his poetry and touching spoken word skills.
While on an official trip to Mwea Prisons in Kirinyaga County, Kindiki was pulled aside by the constable, eager to illustrate his talent.
The constable humbly asked the CS for a listening ear, promising to entertain him with a spoken word he had specially composed for the occasion.
Kindiki agreed to the request and listeners to the recitation of the emotional spoken words addressing the challenges prison wardens face.
In the poem, the warden noted how no one cared for the rights of security officers, but instead, they were always put under sharp scrutiny.
Impressed by the poem, Kindiki ordered the constable immediately promoted to corporal.
On what would be an unforgetful day for the corporal, Kindiki personally bestowed the badge of honour on his sweater.
Kindiki was on a tour of the Mwea Prisons to oversee correctional reforms made by President William Ruto’s administration.
On top of the agenda was the decongestion of prisons and the mechanisation of prison farms. The CS is also looking at transferring prisons from urban centres to allow room for the growth and development of towns.
The CS stated on decongestion, “The Ministry will put in place the necessary measures and policies to decongest all prisons in the country by 50 per cent.”
This would be achieved through an engagement with the Judiciary and other stakeholders in the justice sector, according to the Kindiki.
Kindiki further revealed that the government had an ambitious plan to use the prison system to attain food security.
“The Government will spend Ksh2 billion to mechanise all prison farms countrywide that have arable land with new equipment to modernise them and increase their productivity,” he spoke during his tour to Mwea Prisons.