Female inmates ask for skills

Maula Prison female inmates have asked government to equip them with skills and knowledge.

The inmates requested this when Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Mary Navicha cheered them.

During the visit the minister donated assorted items such as groceries and brooms.

Navicha: Some issues will be sorted out

Olivia Mpereyi, an inmate, said they needed different skills such as hair dressing and tailoring.

“It is important that we utilise our stay to learn skills that will help us when we get out of this place,” she said.

Mpereyi added that they needed to be linked with organisations that can help them with capital for small businesses.

Navicha said they will look into some of the issues that have been raised.

“Some of the issues can be sorted out by the ministry, but some need collaboration with other ministries and stakeholders,” she said.

Navicha added that she will engage with the Ministry of Justice on the issue of pardoning inmates and Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) on the provision of skills.

“It is government’s wish to see the inmates turn into productive citizens once they are out,” she said.

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