Coronavirus could be a blessing in disguise to inmates as a section of Kenyans including leaders now pile pressure on the state to consider their health.
Since it erupted across the globe, the Coronavirus has threatened the stability of the whole world including those stable economies calling themselves the Super Power.
Political Analyst Herman Manyora has on Monday March 23rd challenged the state to look into the plight of the prisoners so that some can be set free as part of enforcing keep distance orders.
“Those who are attacking Alice and I don’t understand that an overwhelming majority of people in jail today have no business being there.
“Anyone bashing Alice and Manyora or the rest of us, just wait until this thing is over and go to Makadara Law Courts or Kibra Law Courts.
“You’ll see the way they are being processed and you’ll agree with me that a lot of those people don’t understand how the justice system works and they don’t have representation. In other countries, government and other institutions ensure that anyone who appears before a court has some form of representation. Here we only do it for murder,” argued Manyora.
Also contributing on NTVs AMLive show on morning March 23rd, Kandara MP Alice Wahome warned that any outbreak in any facility will be catastrophic and hard to contain.
“The prisons are congested. Many times there is no food. The Commissioner-General works under very severe, tight circumstances,” noted Wahome.
“This route we are going, we will not have any money even to give them food. So, which is the worse evil?
“If this thing breaks, God forbid, in an enclosed space like that, what do you think will happen? It would clear everybody there.
“I’m talking about those who don’t need to be there, and those who can be extended a bit of mercy; if for example they were prosecuted or processed wrongly,” she explained.
Developed nations like United States of America and Canada have already started releasing prisoners of petty crimes.
Authorities in Los Angeles also released 600 inmates in two weeks in a bid to stem Covid-19 infections.
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