Joy as 52-Year-Old Man Returns Home after Spending 12 Years in Jail

Songs and dances rendered the air at Gachuhi village in Lare ward of Njoro Constituency in Nakuru County on October 29th 2022 as John Ndegwa Macharia returned to his family after spending 12 years in Prison.

In 2010, John Ndegwa Macharia, 52, was convicted of rape and sentenced to 18-year jail term, of which he pleaded with the court and the term was reduced to 12 years.

He began serving his term at the Nakuru GK Prison when he was around 40 years after several unsuccessful appeals at the Nakuru Law courts.

The father of two who could not hide the joy of being free narrated to this writer how the court process derailed the family’s financial muscles.

The ex-convict revealing that he got born again while in prison and started spreading the good news of Jesus Christ to his fellow inmates.

In addition, he acquired several certificates after undergoing trainings in various fields while at the prison.

“It has been a tough experience in Prison but I also thank God that it has shaped me after several trainings” he said.

The ex-convict who left home when her children were still young is grateful to his wife Ms Rabecah Wanjiku Kamau who took over the responsibility while he was in prison.

According to the wife, life was not easy as she had to struggle to ensure her children are in school.

She added that during the time her husband was in prison, she faced several challenges among them stigma from a section of society members.

However, this did not deter her effort in taking care of the family and ensuring everything is okay.

Her effort saw her built a magnificent house.

“People talked a lot when my husband was jailed but I kept on praying and working hard” she said.

The news of John Ndegwa Macharia returning to the community was well received received by neighbours in the village.

Led by Pastor James Ndegwa who is also Macharia’s eldest brother, they called on the society not to stigmatize those who return back to the society after serving jail term but rather embrace them.

“We are very happy that our brother is back. We have welcomed him and we urge everyone in the society to embrace ex-convicts when they return to the society” said Ndegwa.








Nakuru groups bring fun to the elderly in prison

It was fun and dance at the Nakuru GK prison on Monday when three organizations from Nakuru celebrated the International Day of Older Persons with elderly inmates at the men’s prison.
Psychiatric Disability Organization (PDO), the Kenya Red Cross and Nakuru Players Theater joined hands to bring smiles to the older inmates faces most of whom are spending their twilight years forgotten by families and friend.
The day set aside by the United Nations is commemorated on October 1st. This year’s theme is “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.”
This year’s day was about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in their families, communities and societies at large. It focuses on the pathways that support full and effective participation in old age, in accordance with old persons’ basic rights, needs and preferences.
The event started with expressive therapy and talk therapy that was conducted by PDO, a local organization that provides weekly psychosocial support visits to both male and female facility.
Speaking at the event, PDO Founder/CEO Iregi Mwenja emphasized the need for the society to take care of the elderly citing the various health challenges that come with age.
“Dimentia characterized by deterioration in memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks is a common condition in the elderly”, he said.
The Nakuru Players’ Theater entertained the elderly inmates with songs, spoken word, comedy and dancing routine while the Red Cross team provided donations of clothes and soaps.
 Mercy Mongare is a Project Officer with Psychiatric Disability Organization based in Nakuru. Facebook: 

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