Kenya: Omundi Takes Up Top Prisons Job

24 September 2020

The government has confirmed the appointment of Mrs Florence Kerubo Omundi as the deputy commissioner general of prisons.

Mrs Omundi has been holding the position in an acting capacity since July 1, following the retirement of her predecessor, Mr Benjamin Njoga.

Announcing her confirmation, Commissioner General of Prisons Wycliffe Ogallo said Mrs Omundi was enlisted in the Kenya Prisons Service in 1987 as a graduate cadet in the rank of chief inspector after which she served different stations, rising through the ranks.

"She has a wide global and national exposure and very well-versed in correctional management and credited for advocating for equal opportunities for the disabled, marginalised and vulnerable during her tenure as the director, Gender NGOs and Sports at the Prisons Headquarters," said Mr Ogallo.

Apart from standing in for the commissioner general of Prisons when he is away, the DCG will also be in charge of senior officers' promotion, disciplinary and appeals' boards when directed by the commissioner general.

Mrs Omundi has a Master's degree in social development planning and management from Swansea University, UK, and a Bachelor of arts in sociology from the United States International University Africa.

The Kenya Prisons Service is divided into 10 directorates.

"We are happy to note that half of these directorates are under the charge of our female officers. This is in line with the Constitution of Kenya 2010, which requires compliance with the principle of affirmative action and states that no more than two-thirds of all appointments shall be of the same gender," noted Mr Ogallo.

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