Kamiti inmates stage hunger strike over stringent new rules

Kamiti prisons stage hunger strike over stringent new rules [Image:courtesy]
Prisoners in Kamaiti Maximum Security Prison have staged riots and hunger strike over tough rules that have been recently introduced in the correction center.

In line with an Amateur video making rounds on social media, a few prisoners were shouting from rooftops, while another video showed what seemed to be anti-riot personnel repressing the strike.

According to reports from the inmates, they have been victimized following the escape of the three terror convicts even as they pleaded with the authorities to be soft with the regulations.

The inmates asked for an end to new punitive measures introduced by authorities following a November escape by three inmates.

It is an incident that hatched the sack of Wycliffe Ogalo as the Commissioner-General of the Kenya Prisons Service.

The three convicts are Musharaf Abdalla, who was convicted of attempting to attack the parliament in 2012; Joseph Juma Odhiambo, who was arrested in 2019 for planning to join the terror group al-Shabab; and Mohamed Abdi Abikar, who was convicted over his role in al-Shabab’s attack on Garissa University in April 2015.

According to sources, the prisoners alleged being locked inside their cells all through the day and night.