May 25, 2017

80 Kenyan prisoners in China to be transferred to GoK prisons in Kenya

By Pharis Kinyua: Jamhuri News

Photo Courtesy of China Photos

It is good news for 80 jailed Kenyans in China after the government signed a treaty to have them extradited and serve the remainder of their terms in their mother country.

This follows President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to China for the Belt and Roads Summit that went down in China’s Beijing city.

Some of them have been convicted of different crimes including drug trafficking which is punishable by death.

Attorney General Githu Muigai signed the agreement on Tuesday on behalf of the Kenyan Government in the presence of China’s President Xi Jing Ping and President Kenyatta.

He said the signing of the agreement augurs well for the prisoners who will have an opportunity to reunite with their people even as they serve their terms in Kenyan prisons.

“This is a big one for us especially because we want our people, who get on the wrong side of the law in China to be able to come and serve their prison terms back home,” said the Attorney General.

Besides signing the transfer of prisoners’ agreement, Muigai also signed the Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance treaties.

The news of the transfer of prisoners from Chinese prisons is a piece of good news to Kenyans as they chided President Kenyatta for plunging the country into debt.

Kenyatta formally made his proposal to China’s Exim Bank to get a loan of sh370 billion for the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) third phase.

The third phase will have the railway line extended from Naivasha to Kisumu.

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