Kenya mulls prison for radical offenders

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday announced his government plans to establish a new correctional facility to confine extremist offenders.

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Kenyatta said a separate prison for radical offenders will deter them from spreading their venom to vulnerable Kenyans.

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“Reforming the character of a person is extraordinarily difficult. It demands compassion, skill in discerning the character of others, and firmness,” he said in a statement released during the passing out parade for over 2,300 prison warders in Kiambu, about 20km east of Nairobi.

His remarks come as Kenya said it has taken several multi-dimensional measures including formulating a Counter Radicalization Strategy to mitigate terrorism threat.

The strategy lays emphasis on the need for addressing the factors that drive youth into radicalization as well as making terrorism less appealing.

The government has also initiated programs that engage religious leaders to counter the narrative and ideology used by radicals and violent extremists to influence the youth.

But Kenyatta said the government remained committed to containing offenders in conditions that enable rehabilitation. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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