Many women have found themselves on the wrong side of the law and jailed for lack of proper representation and poor defense, thus increasing the number of women inmates in prisons all over the country, Dorcus Njenga, a gubernatorial aspirant in Trans Nzoia, has said.
Speaking to the Western Kenya Times during the celebration of Women’s International Day yesterday, Dorcus Njenga said before someone is taken to court, investigators should carry out a thorough investigation.
Ms Njenga, who requested residents of Trans Nzoia vote her in as the next governor, said the only way to reduce inmates is for the government to create awareness through village elders and chiefs on the importance of solving cases at the local level instead of proceeding to courts where they fail to represent themselves and get jailed.
Dorcus challenged other leaders in the county to support women in various ways so as to boost their economies.
She also called upon parents to take care of their daughters so as to avoid bad companies that may land them in prison.
Dorcus, who will be vying for the gubernatorial seat on an ODM ticket, said her administration will give orphans and widows first priority as it has been her charity for many years.
She gave out several gifts to inmates to make them feel loved and asked locals to accept them back into society, saying some were jailed for wrongs they didn’t commit.
Mike Musungu is a reporter at Radio Simba in Bungoma and a correspondent of Trans Nzoia County for the Western Kenya Times.