Homa Bay jail of no financial worth in Ndhiwa, elders say


A gaggle of elders has opposed the federal government’s plan to relocate Homa Bay GK Jail to Ndhiwa in Homa Bay County, arguing it should add no financial worth to the brand new location.

In addition they claimed they weren’t consulted, that there was no public participation and that they haven’t but obtained official communication on the plan.

The group in protest of the transfer is led by Joseph Ogada, the Homa Bay chair of the Luo Council of Elders; former Ndhiwa MP Otieno Ogingo; Gor Omondi, the council’s chairman in Ndhiwa; secretary Alfred Ogao and member David Aroko.

Addressing journalists in Homa Bay city, Mr Ogada claimed jail officers had been seen on the land final week, which he stated amounted to confirming the relocation plans.

“We can not reveal our sources however rumor has it that the correctional facility will probably be moved to Ndhiwa with out our consent,” he stated.

Final week, John Warioba, the Kenya Prisons Service commissioner-general, introduced plans to relocate the ability to permit the enlargement of Tom Mboya College. The relocation is critical because the jail and the college are adjoining to one another.

After asking President William Ruto to broaden the establishment, the leaders proposed that the jail be moved to both Ndhiwa, Rangwe or Suba.

Despite the fact that Deputy Governor Oyugi Magwanga assured all stakeholders that the matter can be solved amicably, it seems the method is already dealing with opposition from totally different teams.

“The land had been put aside for development of a constituent faculty of Tom Mboya College. We due to this fact don’t welcome the concept of placing up a jail,” Mr Magwanga stated.

Inside Kuoyo village in Kanyamwa Kosewe ward is a bit of land the place the elders assume the jail will probably be stationed.

It’s a 50-acre piece that was bought by the Nationwide Authorities Constituency Improvement Fund (NG-CDF) in Ndhiwa for enlargement of Tom Mboya College.

“In January 2022, Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition chief Raila Odinga and different politicians visited the land and determined that the brand new college can be named Raila Odinga College Faculty of Agriculture and Expertise,”

Mr Odinga had additionally laid a basis stone for the constructing.

In case the plan materialises, the unique plan to have a university could also be scrapped.

“We can not enable for a university to be swapped with a jail. A studying establishment is like an trade that can make use of our folks,” Mr Ogada stated.

He stated the land must be returned to the NG-CDF for one more undertaking if Tom Mboya College doesn’t need to use it.


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