PRISON BREAK: WHAT IS AMISS WITH THE KENYA POLICE SERVICE?
By Esther Mwende
Prison Escapees expose Kenya Police Underbelly
Prison break and jail break stories prison have been hitting news headlines for the past few weeks. The most recent case was three culprits who escaped from Kilgoris Police Station on Saturday 20th, 2021.
The three allegedly created a hole by removing bricks from the cell’s walls and escaped. Police claim that the three were among five detainees kept in the cell and the other two deny knowledge of the escape. The officers on duty claim that they did not hear the culprits flee. Police are still in search of the three.
Terror suspects flee from Kamiti Maximum Prison
This comes a few days after three terrorists Mohamed Ali Abikar, Musharraf Abdallah, and Joseph Juma Odhiambo escaped from Kamiti Maximum Prison in an attempt to flee to Somalia. The prison break story took a different turn after a three-day search and the public promised a reward of sixty million Kenya Shillings to anyone that would report the three, the three were apprehended in Mwingi, Kitui County.
President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the dismissal of Commissioner General of the Prisons Service, Wycliffe Ogalo after a crisis meeting with security officers at State House on November 14th, 2021. He also directed the State Department of Correctional Services to take action against all Kenya Prison Service Officials who were on duty at the time of the escape and anyone found guilty of assisting the escapees to be prosecuted.
However, has the government put enough measures to ensure we will not have a repeat of the same? Is dismissing the Commissioner-General enough to make the inmates not escape again? Officers on duty should be thoroughly investigated for the whole truth to come out regarding the prison break? There is no way the culprits could have escaped from prison on their own. The Government should also install CCTV cameras at strategic points in prisons and cells so that the inmates can be monitored at all times.
Prison escapees should not be taken lightly as they put other Kenyans at a high-security risk. The government and other responsible stakeholders should work together to ensure that Kenya’s Security is at its best and Prison escapades are unheard of.
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Esther Mwende Kilaka is a Journalism and Digital Media student at KCA University. email@example.com