Inmates at Kisii prisons tussle in Chess competition

Inmates and management of Kisii Prisons enjoy Chess tournament.

Chess for Schools Committee Chairperson Sabina Kenyando has said that her committee extended their training to Prisons to enable the inmates to integrate easily with the community as they will become trainer of trainers after completing their sentences.

The chairperson who is a teacher at Cardinal Otunga Mosocho High School joined other officials to preside over the game at Kisii Prisons and Correctional Centre today to celebrate the International Women’s Day (IWD) said that the game attracted 21 participants as Perished Ondara emerge the overall winner.

Chess Kenya Gender and Special Needs Secretary Rhoda Olisa said they will train Training of Trainers so that the inmates can train others once released.


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Kenyando said her committee introduced the game to train prisoners in 2022 for the main of objective of using education as a tool for social education and inclusion.

“Ours main aim is to improve the quality of life for inmates by empowering them with social skills,” she said.

During the competition to mark this year’s IWD whose theme was “Invest in women: Accelerate Progress”,  Peris Ondara emerged the overall winner after playing five and half games against her closest rival Clemencia Nyamoita who played five games.

Janet Obori took position three after winning four games and losing two, and was awarded a trophy each as Ondara and Nyamoita received a medal and a trophy.


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Ondara dedicated the covetous medal and trophy wins to her daughter and mother. “This win is dedicated to my daughter who joined university last year and my beloved mother,” she said.

The games were sponsored by Kisii County Woman Representative’s Doris Aburi’s office in conjunction with Minto Foundation.

Also, Kisii GK Prisons donated 10 chess boards while the Woman Representative gave five chess boards to the correctional facility.

The donations were received by Kisii Prisons and Correctional Centre Officer in charge Margaret Waithera.

Kisii Prison was the first in Kenya where Chess Kenya the game has been launched and third in Africa after South Africa and Zimbabwe.

By Enock Okong’o

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