MORE than 100 inmates from Goilala district, Central, serving time at the Bomana prison yesterday received an early Christmas present from their MP Daniel Mona.
Mona committed K500,000 to the inmates to help them “rehabilitate” and prepare for life after prison.
Mona said: “I appeal to you (inmates) to change your attitude and become better people.”
Mona told the inmates that for far too long people from Goilala were viewed as trouble makers and that perspective needed to be changed.
“I am investing a lot in education because I want the negative name tag on Goilalas to change. In the future I want to see Goilala pilots, lawyers and journalists,” he said.
Mona said the money would come from his District Services Improvement Programme (DSIP) for next year and would be deposited into the Correctional Services bank account between April and May.
Goilala inmates’ representative, Clement Peto said they needed a second chance in life and urged Mona to provide incentives for them.
“If the needs of Goilala youths are addressed then law and order problems will become a thing of the past,” Peto said.
The inmates from Goilala asked Mona to finance them to record an album and help them enrol in schools to undertake studies.
Another Goilala inmate representative, Michael Aika told Mona he was the first parliamentarian from the province to visit Bomana jail.
The prisoners asked the public to forgive them for the wrongs they had done and promised they were willing and ready to do positive things in their lives.
Bomana jail commander Chief Supt Michael Mondia thanked Mona for visiting the prisoners.
“Christmas is a time for change, a time for reflection, and your presence here has given hope to the prisoners.”
Source: The National, Wednesday 19th December, 2012