PRISON DEMO

Prisoners at Kamiti prison protest over punitive measures

Prisoners say they have been victimized after the escape of terror convicts.

In Summary

• Prisoners say they have been victimized following the escape of the three terror convicts.

• Video footages of the drama seen by the Star show the prisoners camping on the rooftop of prison buildings in a show of rage.

A section of prisoners at Kamiti Maximum prisons on Thursday staged protest and riot over claims of new punitive measures introduced by authorities.

According to a source that spoke to the Star, the prisoners are saying they can't be locked inside all day and night just because three of them escaped custody.

The prisoners say they have been victimized following the escape of the three terror convicts even as the called on the administration to be lenient with them

Video footages of the drama seen by the Star show the prisoners camping on the rooftop of prison buildings in a show of rage.

New PS  Safina Kwekwe toured the prison on Tuesday to assess the progress of the facility since the controversial escape of the three terror convicts.

The three convicts include Musharaf Abdalla, who was convicted of attempting to attack the parliament in 2012; Joseph Juma Odhiambo, who was arrested in 2019 at the border between Kenya and Somalia for planning to join the terror group al-Shabab; and Mohamed Abdi Abikar, who was convicted his role in for al-Shabab’s attack on Garissa University in April 2015.

The escape saga led to the prisons boss being fired.

13 wardens were also arrested in connection to the matter. 

President Uhuru Kenyatta made major changes including the sacking of Wycliffe Ogalo as the Commissioner-General of the Kenya Prisons Service.

Kenyatta appointed Ogalo’s successor, Brigadier (Rtd) John Kibaso Warioba and also replaced the PS in charge of the correctional services.

-Edited by B. Marita