"Allow prisoners attend relatives' funerals" - Journalist jailed for killing wife files petition
A prisoner has filed a petition in court asking the government to allow them attend their relatives' funerals. The bereavement petition will be heard in the High Court.
Moses Dola Otieno, a journalist, is serving a 10-year sentence for killing his wife, TV reporter Wambui Kabiru in 2011.
He terms the denial to attend the funerals as a violation of the Bill of Rights by the government. He is seeking relief for convicted and remanded inmates.
"Allowing convicted prisoners and remand inmates to interact with family members, especially at a time of grief, is a step in the right direction," reads the petition in part.
"There is an adverse effect when prisoners and remand mates do not have the ability to interact with loved ones and pay final respects to someone."
The bereavement petition has been filed in the High Court under the Constitutional and Human Rights Division.
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