22 year historical shares how she was sentenced for three years over a crime she did now not commit.
One month ago 22-year-old Ann Makena embarked on her newfound freedom after she was launched from prison. Makena who hails from Kiereni, Tharaka Nithi County used to be arrested in October last 12 months for promoting unlicensed merchandise unknowingly at wines and spirit keep in Chuka the place she was employed.
According to Makena, she was once three days into the employment, when the KRA and DCI officers raided the shop and decided the alcohol she used to be selling did not have the Kenya Bureau of Standard’s mark of quality.
“My employers were not round and the time and did no longer trouble to avail themselves to the authority or the police station where I used to be being held. I ended up taking the fall for a crime I did no longer commit, “she recalled.
Makena’s preliminary bail was set at 100,000 Ksh however unfortunately, neither she nor her mom ought to find the money for it. “ My household had no ability of elevating the money. The state of affairs at domestic was once so bad, and that’s why I decided to look for work at once after I accomplished my KSCE hoping to get my college rate and also assist with taking care of my ailing brother who abled differently.”
Unable to increase the money, Makena yielded to hopelessness and remembers accepting her destiny – Serve three years in a correctional facility.
“ Being imprisoned for a crime I did not commit used to be humiliating, the first day I landed there I was once requested to undress in front of strangers. My days in there had been worrying knowing I had left my mom at domestic with my unwell brother but I used to be their solely hope,” she said.
“While in prison, I began regretting why I acquired that job, and every now and then I would question God, why he abandoned me, knowing very properly how my life was,” she adds.
When the firmly secured doors of the correctional facility were finally opened remaining month she sighed with relief. According to her, she was once in utter disbelief. While exiting the relatively guarded facility she used to be seen off by using different inmates who cherished her.
Makena vividly recollects when she stepped out of the facility. According to her emotional tears had been flowing freely. The union with her cherished ones rekindled fond moments and hope that had begun to fade away as days went by.
“When I stepped out of the facility in my civilian clothes, I was once scared, but excited and tremendous my life will get better. My family and pals ululated with pleasure and create tears of joy. Getting another risk to embody my mom used to be the highlight of the day,” she said.
Makena’s blissful homecoming used to be on the other hand marked with unhappy information “ I was once knowledgeable my brother had handed away whilst I used to be incarcerated, understanding that all this befell whilst I was once in jail broke my heart.”
Makena’s homecoming was once alternatively marked with some sad news after she used to be informed of the dying of her 20-year-old brother who exceeded away when she was locked up, due to but to be established reasons.
Although Makena hopes for a brighter future, she hopes one day she will be in a position to raise the veil of shame that comes with being in prison.
“I am currently challenge pc learn about and I hope to begin a catering direction once I get the funds.”
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