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Kamiti Wardens Arrested Over Escape of 3 Convicted Terrorists

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Interior CS Fred Matiang'i

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Seven wardens at Kamiti Maximum Prison have been arrested following the escape of three convicted terrorists from custody.

The arrest of the officers come after the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’I made an impromptu visit to the Maximum Prison yesterday night.

Matiang’i stated that preliminary investigations showed that the escape from arguably the most secured maximum prison in the country occurred due to the officers’ laxity and incompetence.

“We will not only go the direction investigations will point us but we will act resolutely to ensure this kind of recklessness does not happen again because it exposes our people. Definitely, there is a certain level of irresponsibility we have to deal with in this particular case,” Matiang’I said.

He also stated that specialized security officers have launched a massive manhunt countrywide to ensure the convicts are nabbed.

The notorious terrorists Mohamed Ali Bikar, Joseph Juma Odhiambo, and Masharaf Abdallah Akhulunga, escaped from Kamiti prison yesterday morning under unclear circumstances.

The government has now promised Ksh60 million reward to anyone who will offer crucial information that will lead to the arrest of the terror convicts.

Commissioner General of Police Wycliffe Ogallo said the government will protect whistle-blowers who will volunteer information that will lead to the arrests of the convicts.

Bikar was charged and convicted in 2019 over his links to al Shabaab militia that attacked Garissa University in April 2015 and killed 148 people.

Odhiambo was arrested in 2019 for trying to join the Somali terror group while Akhulunga was arrested in 2012 over a foiled attack on Kenya’s Parliament and charged with possessing explosives, ammunition and firearms.

Matiang’i was accompanied by Principal Secretaries Karaja Kibicho (Interior) and Zeynab Mohammed (Correctional Services), Inspector General of Police, Hilary Mutyambai, DCI boss, George Kinoti, and Commissioner General of Prisons, Wycliffe Ogallo.