President Uhuru Kenyatta told Kenyans during the Mashujaa Day celebrations - a holiday to commemorate those who took part in the country's liberation struggle - that petty offenders such as chicken thieves would be released:
"There is now space to bring in more people with serious offences like corruption... The space is there and there is enough beans for them to eat in there."
Mr Kenyatta admitted that corruption remained a fundamental issue affecting Kenya, instructing the new chief justice to be vigilant in fighting corruption cases.
Earlier this week, the president criticised various government agencies for hampering the fight against corruption.