Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has issued a directive for the reinstatement of regulated family visits in Naivasha Maximum Prison and all correctional facilities across the country. These visits, halted in 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, are set to resume following the government’s decision to lift the ban on prison visitations.

Speaking at Naivasha Maximum Prison, CS Kindiki emphasized the importance of reuniting inmates with their families, stating, “Today we are going to resume the family reunion and family visitation meetings and events…including all the other maximum security prisons.” He highlighted that with the current containment of COVID-19, there is no justification for the continued restriction on family visits.

Kindiki stressed the significance of family connections for inmates, proposing that prisons should designate a specific day for family visitations. While acknowledging the need for further communication on the matter, he expressed optimism about the positive impact of reestablishing these vital connections. The resumption of family visits marks a significant step towards restoring normalcy in correctional facilities nationwide, following the prolonged suspension of visitation rights since the onset of the pandemic