President Kenyatta is said to have instructed interior cabinet secretary Fred Mataingi, police boss inspector Hillary Matumbayi, and DCI director George Kinoti to find and re-arrest the escapees
President Uhuru Kenyatta is said to have issued a no-nonsense order to Kenya’s top security bosses yesterday regarding the three terror convicts who had escaped from Kamiti maximum prison. The order surely yielded fruits soon and the three terrorists were captured in Kitui County, possibly on their way to Somalia.
The arrests ended days of anxiety in the country after the Islamists terror convicts had escaped from Kamiti maximum prison a few days ago. The three, Musharaf Abdalla alias Alex Shikanda (34) from Mumias, was serving a 22-year jail term, Joseph Juma Odhiambo (30) from Matungu, is serving 15 years for terror-related crimes, and Mohammed Ali Abikar (35) serving a 41-year-jail term, having been convicted in 2019 with three others for their role in the Garissa University attack.
The controversial ‘jailbreak’ by the three convicted terrorists threw the country into panic, especially as it coincided with twin suicide bomb attacks in Kampala. President Kenyatta immediately sacked the prison service commander and directed that the warders who were on duty on that material day be suspected of aiding the convict’s escape. According to sources at the National Security Meeting, a furious President Kenyatta is said to have ordered a multi-sectoral agency crackdown on all major highways. There were traffic snarl-ups on all major highways as police, DCI, and NSIS operatives swung into action throwing an iron curtain along all major highways.
President Kenyatta is said to have given interior cabinet secretary Fred Mataingi, police boss inspector Hillary Matumbayi, and DCI director George Kinoti “24 hours” to find and re-arrest the escapees. Alarm bells were sounded as it emerged that the three had drilled a hole through a wall to escape but experts said the hole was “too small” for any human being to go through it!
Sources claimed warders had been bribed and dressed up the convicts in prison uniform from where they escaped using a waiting car. There were claims that the escape route was a “diversionary” tactic to safeguard the wardens from any suspicion of being complicit in the escape.
Several Kamiti inmates had claimed there was no way anyone could escape without inside help from the facility. Some former convicts said the prison conducts hourly roll calls of prisoner’s day and night even as shifts change.
The President sacked commissioner general of prisons Wycliffe Ogalo. He was replaced by Brigadier (Rtd) John Kibaso Warioba. Seven warders on Monday were arrested over the ‘escape’ and officials said there could be more arrests. Two more warders were arrested on Wednesday. The meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta brought together top Interior Ministry officials and prisons bosses.
Already, Kenya has deployed heavily armed police officers around key installations in response to twin suicide bomb blasts that rocked Kampala. At least six people were killed and 30 injured.
National police spokesman Bruno Shioso said security has been heightened countrywide and multiple operations have been put in place to mitigate threats. Authorities believe the escape of the three convicts who were serving jail terms for terrorism-related crimes was aided by wardens. The three were being held at Block A, which holds some of the most dangerous criminals.
It has emerged the three convicts left their cellmate because he is disabled who could not move unaided, there were four men in the cell.
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