KITUO TRAINS PRISON OFFICERS IN KISUMU AND KWALE COUNTIES
Kituo Cha Sheria with the support of the European Union and the Kenya Prisons Services conducted a one-week refresher training for prison officers at the Kodiaga Maximum Prison and the Kwale Main Prison in Kisumu and Kwale counties respectively from 19th– 23rd August, 2019. The training at the Kwale was undertaken by the Mombasa Regional office with that in Kisumu being spearheaded by Ms. Jacqueline Jepchirchir from Kituo’s Head Office.
The trainings centered on the Nelson Mandela Rules which are the universally acknowledged minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners. This was with the aim of equipping the Prison officers with the requisite knowledge required to perform prison work in accordance with the principles underpinning prison work: the dignity and humanity of everyone in the prison, as well as human rights standards and principles of equality and non-discrimination as spelled out in the Nelson Mandera Rules and Human Rights agreements which Kenya is a signatory to.
The prison officers were taken through the principles of the Standard Minimum Rules in an activity that highlighted Kituo’s commitment to promoting access to justice to the poor and marginalized. Kituo continues to train prison officers in different prison centers around the country with the view of providing the prison officers with the knowledge and understanding of how to deal with prisoners in accordance with the law and international agreements.