President Uhuru Kenyatta presents a trophy to a constable when he presided over the Kenya Prisons Service passing-out parade at Kenya Prisons Staff Training College, Ruiru. PHOTO | PSCUPresident Uhuru Kenyatta presents a trophy to a constable when he presided over the Kenya Prisons Service passing-out parade at Kenya Prisons Staff Training College, Ruiru. PHOTO | PSCU By NAIROBI NEWS REPORTER

Kenya will soon build a new prison to hold convicted terrorists in a bid to stop radicalisation, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

The President made the announcement Tuesday during the Kenya Prisons Service passing out parade at the Kenya Prisons Staff Training College in Ruiru.

“We will establish a new prison to hold violent, extremist offenders – the truth of the matter is that we cannot allow them to spread their poison to vulnerable Kenyans,” said the President.

GUANTANAMO BAY

If it comes to fruition, Kenya will be following in the footsteps of America which operates a prison exclusively meant for suspected dangerous terrorists from around the world in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Kenya could also be faced with criticisms similar to those leveled against America over the Guantanamo Bay facility, often referred to as Gitmo.

Former detainees complained of alleged torture, sexual degradation, forced drugging and religious persecution being committed by U.S. forces at Guantánamo Bay.

TERRORIST ATTACKS

Kenya has been a victim of terrorist attacks where hundreds of civilians have lost their lives.

The latest attack was the devastating attack on a Kenya Defence Forces in El-Adde Somalia where an unknown number of soldiers lost their lives.