MKU Marks UN International Peace Day
at Naivasha Maximum Security Prison
Mount Kenya University and Kenya National Commission (KNATCO) for UNESCO marked the UN International Day of Peace day with staff and inmates of Naivasha Maximum prison. They were joined during the occasion by Dr. Reuben Nthamburi from KNATCO-UNESCO office who read the speech by the KNATCO- UNESCO Director General. The commissioner of the prison was represented by Madam Khaemba who is director rehabilitation Kenya prison services.
The chief guest was the Vice-Chairman of the University Council/ who is also the President-African Consortium for Peace (AC4P) president of Africa consortium Dr.Vincent Gaitho Vice chair of represented by the Director MKU Foundation, Dr. Kirira. They were also joined by the Magerenza academy which shares a compound with the prison. MKU School of law and School of Social Sciences at the institute of security studies justice and ethics (ISSJE) use the prison facilities as a teaching resource for unit s in criminology while the school of education has been conducting inmate’s teachings skills induction programmes at the Naivasha Maximum security Prison as part of its CSR activities.
The Naivasha maximum prison school has a primary, secondary and tertiary section which avails courses like CPAs. Currently there are over 900 students in class and this year they have both KCPE and KSCE candidates. Earlier in the morning the Prison staff and the visiting group engaged in a consultation on other areas of engagement with a possibility of the MKU School of law looking into some of the areas in which they could assist on some of the inmates with pending appeals.
It was humbling to listen to the inmates pleading to all Kenyans to maintain peace despite their political or tribal differences. They communicated their messages through song and dance, poems and skits. The message they have for the whole country is that “we are one, let’s work together regardless of tribe or race”. The visiting group later visited the Naivasha women prison and Naivasha medium prison where they interacted with the inmates.