"Allow prisoners attend relatives' funerals" - Journalist jailed for killing wife files petition

for Tv47 Digital November 03, 2022, 12:22 PM
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A picture of inmates in a Kenyan prison used for illustrative purposes. PHOTO/COURTESY

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. 

Former journalist Moses Dola Otieno at Milimani Law Courts on October 5, 2018. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of his wife, TV reporter Wambui Kabiru. PHOTO | COURTESY

"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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