Kirinyaga Police Station in Gichugu, Kirinyaga County, is in a state of panic after it emerged that four officers as well as 12 suspects presently under lawful custody tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday August 4.
The infected police officers include three males and one female while the 12 coronavirus-positive detainees are ten males (including one minor in juvenile detention) and two females.
The police officers have since been isolated at the Kerugoya Level Five Hospital where they are being monitored.
A senior officer at the station however told Citizen Digital that the detainees who tested positive for COVID-19 are still being held in the cells together with others who are negative.
He said the cells are currently holding a total of 37 suspects, including the 12.
This, he aid, is due to lack of space at the police station, further adding that, “We have been waiting for advise from the county government in vain.”
Citizen Digital has learnt that fumigation process is currently underway at the police station.
Bondo police boss late Antony Wafula, who died on Monday night July 27, tested positive for COVID-19 posthumously, as revealed by Siaya Governor Cornell Rasanga on Thursday July 30.
While appearing before the Public Accounts Committee of the Senate, Mr Rasanga revealed that samples taken from the body of the senior police officer showed that he had the new coronavirus.
The governor further told the committee that two other officers in his government had also tested positive for COVID-19.
Wafula was laid to rest at his home in Matunda, Kakamega on Thursday afternoon July 30.
He died at the Bondo Sub-county Hospital where he was rushed after developing breathing difficulties. He had also complained of chest pains and had a fever.
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