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In Kenya President releases 7,000 prison inmates

Kenyatta said that the ones to be released have been convicted of minor offences

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Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta prepares to address a news conference after attending the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Feisal Omar play Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta prepares to address a news conference after attending the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday announced the release of 7,000 prison inmates to make room for corruption offenders.

Kenyatta said on National Heroes’ Day that the ones to be released have been convicted of minor offences and are close to the end of their jail terms.

Kenya Prisons Service says the country’s 118 correctional facilities hold 56,000 inmates, double their capacity.

At a meeting discussing the fight against corruption recently, Kenyatta said he would decongest prisons to allow judges to send more corruption offenders to jail.

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