Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Rot in Kenya Prison Service runs deep, insiders say

Prison commanders are forced to cut funds from prison companies in order to transfer large sums of money to high-ranking officials, according to investigations by the Star.

The details became known after the security breach at the maximum security prison in Kamiti, which saw three terrorists – Detainees escaped.

It is believed that the trio could have helped with their escape.

“You cannot escape from Kamiti, even more so from the unit, the terrorist detainees holds. The unit that holds the convicts of terrorism is a maximum prison within the prison, “a source familiar with the intrigues told the star.

” The rot runs deep. Money changed hands. We can’t say how much, but it was a lot. We believe DCI George Kinoti will uncover some of these cases upon investigation, “added the officer.

Interviews compiled by several station commanders reveal an unwritten rule that officers do almost one every weekend Have to transfer half a million.

“We felt helpless towards this group that had taken over the department. Transfers and a reduction in responsibility follow if you don’t transfer the money, “a station commander told the star.

At the moment, the State Department for Correctional Services is in a bind due to irregular payments of almost Sh1 billion to suppliers, who did not make any deliveries to the Kenyan prisons.

A renewed examination shows that the department had received 975.7 million Sh. 18.

“However, the verification of payment receipts at the stations revealed various irregularities because … the stations did not know about suppliers who were paid at headquarters,” said General Auditor Nancy Gathungu.

Some commanders were forced to use credit facilities to transfer funds to the broadly networked cartel chiefs.

And others got into trouble after refusing to accept food deliveries from unprequalified suppliers – including some senior executives.

Refusal to comply leads, among other sanctions, to relocations and demotions in events that reveal the rot that has been pervasive in the department for years.

“Officials are requested To pay retention fees to keep their jobs, “said another official.


” Those who ask for the money expect us to get it out d em Prisons Enterprises Fund and the money the Treasury sends us to run the stations. “

Officials also complained that they were fleeced by the hundreds of thousands of shillings on the pretext of being at Aid in getting promotions.

The racket victims have shied away from filing complaints after losing the slots.

They claimed that some vendors who Cronies of high-ranking civil servants are also fighting back after losing their shoe, uniform and mattress business.

Sources within the prison service have told the star in confidence – so as not to jeopardize an active investigation – that the moral decline has endangered the security of the prisons.

“The cartel is running d eep in the prison system, the officers in charge of prison stations are fleeing.”

The source added, that the youngest off The rupture of three terrorist convicts in Kamiti is part of the rot in the system.

The authorities further stated that terrorist convicts were never mixed in the cells, leaving questions unanswered, such as Musharraf Abdalla Akhulunga, Mohammed Ali Abikar and Joseph Juma Odhiambo were mixed.

“The fact that they were relocated tells how the plan was choreographed. They were escorted and chauffeured out by unscrupulous officers acting on behalf of powerful people to whom the convicts are of great value, “said one officer.

” There was no outbreak. The sinner of capital are constantly under observation. Such high-profile jailbreaks can only happen with the blessing of people in a higher position. “

Detectives working on the case have combed the premises to find out how the fugitives chiseled a hole in the wall, without leaving them all the rubble.

Detectives are also trying to find out why the CCTV cameras were down that day, as it is feared that the convicts may have set off on a larger mission after the breakout.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on November 17 revoked the appointment of Wycliffe Ogalo as prison commissioner general in order to pave the way for investigations into the jailbreak.

Ogalo has been replaced by Brigadier (Rtd) John Warioba , who has since placed five high-ranking officials amid the ongoing investigation by DCI chief George Kinoti.

The new prison chief has started a cleanup of the Magereza house, where the cartel is protected by chiefs in The ranks of the service should thrive.

Senior government officials initiating the investigation said they believe the officials behind the Kamiti jailbreak were also part of the Nanyuki outbreak.

Six Hardcore criminals were among 16 convicts and pretrial detainees who escaped from Nanyuki Prisons and another facility in the North Rift in September.

The outbreaks, authorities believe, are the new cash cow for this Cartel that had thrived by holding back cash to pay suppliers.

“The trend was not towards paying suppliers. This provided them with cash from company revenues. There was a general feeling that there was money in the prisons, “some officials claim.

When he took office, Warioba said he would address concerns raised by the jailbreak in Kamiti.

(edited by Amol Awuor)