, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 14 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday at State House, Nairobi met the first batch of prisoners released under the presidential pardon of mercy.
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.
“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.