Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal has promised inmates, who transform and acquire skills for the Jua Kali sector, that he will give them money to start businesses after their jail terms end.
Mr Lenolkulal made this announcement at Maralal GK Prison on Tuesday, shortly after new year celebrations were marked across the world.
The governor advised the inmates to equip themselves with these skills so they can benefit from county government programmes upon release.
"My administration, in conjunction with other stakeholders, is keen on giving a financial boost to [former] prisoners so they can start businesses in groups," Mr Lenolkulal said.
“We have a shortage of plumbers, masons and carpenters ... our contractors will offer them employment and we will give them grants to start small scale businesses under the women and youth enterprise funds,” he said.
Charles Mwangangi, the officer in charge of the facility, said they were offering courses on subjects including carpentry and masonry.
The goal is to make it easier for former prisoners to reintegrate into society.
“We do a lot of trainings ... some graduate with skills in masonry, carpentry and wielding," Mr Mwangangi said.
"The county's good gesture will help fully transform ex-prisoners and prevent them from engaging in crime."
Governor Lenolkulal also visited Maria Mfariji, Sherp and Springs of Hope orphanages in Maralal town.
He challenged parents and communities to take care of their children to minimise dependency on such homes.
“A parent's top responsibility is to bring up a child. Orphanages are temporary [solutions,],” he said.