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Uhuru holds crisis meeting over escape of 3 terror convicts from Kamiti

Posted By : Justice Bimpeh

President Uhuru Kenyatta is currently holding a crisis meeting at State House with top Interior Ministry officials and prisons bosses over the recent jailbreak at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison.

Already, Kenya has deployed heavily armed police officers around key installations on Tuesday in response to twin suicide bomb blasts that rocked Kampala.

National police spokesman Bruno Shioso told the Star they have heightened security, putting in place multiple operations to mitigate any threat.

Authorities believe the escape of the three convicts who were serving jail terms for terrorism-related crimes was aided by wardens.

Seven wardens were Monday arrested over the “escape” and officials said there could be more arrests.

The three were being held at Block A, which holds some of the most dreaded criminals.

PRISON BREAK

It has emerged that the three convicts who were serving jail terms for terrorism-related crimes at Kamiti Maximum Prisons left their cellmate because he could not move unaided.

The convict is physically challenged. They were four in the cell.

The three convicts had removed a stone on a wall of their cell before leaving.

They then used a rope made from pieces of clothes and an old one that seemed to have been brought there for the mission to scale two ten meter walls and drop to a field behind Block A 6.

They used blankets, strings and broomsticks to create makeshift ropes that they used to scale two high walls around the correctional facility.

Pictures taken from the cell and site of climbing the walls suggest the convicts helped each other to escape.

This came as two more wardens were arrested over the escape increasing to nine, the number of those in custody.

The officer in charge of the facility was also questioned over the incident and recorded his statement.

Police presented those arrested at the Kamiti Law Courts under a miscellaneous application and were allowed to hold them for 25 days as investigations go on.

They will be held at the Gigiri police cells as investigations go on for 25 days.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said preliminary investigations suggested the escape from arguably the most secured maximum prison facility in the country was abetted by laxity and incompetence.

Matiang’i, who led a senior security team to Kamiti prison Monday evening, further announced a massive manhunt involving specialised teams.

The escapees are: Musharraf Abdalla Akhulunga alia Zarkarawi, Mohammed Ali Abikar and Joseph Juma Odhiambo alia Yusuf.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has placed Sh60 million bounty on their head.