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Prison warders interdicted over inmate death

Two  warders  attached to the Naivasha  GK  Prison have been interdicted over the mysterious death of an inmate in the  prison a month ago.

The  Officer in charge of the Prison, Mathew  Mutisya has also been recalled to the Headquarters after it emerged that  the inmate, Simon Nduro Gitahi, was allegedly tortured to death.

The  interdictions comes even as the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) released its report on the death of the inmate and confirmed that he was indeed tortured.

The  Central Regional KNCHR Coordinator, Ruth  Gatobae said the investigations were conducted after the 36-year-old inmate who was serving life sentence died on the June15 after allegedly having been beaten by a group of warders three days earlier for failing to line up.

The family had raised alarm over the matter and sought the intervention of the government agency.

According to the report, a group of warders and inmates were interviewed with details emerging that the victim was ruthlessly beaten and later locked in a segregation room without being given medical attention and was said to have died at the prison and not on his way to hospital as was alleged by the prison officers.

The Commission Coordinator  said the report had recommended that the DPP investigate and prosecute those involved in the death of Gitahi who had been jailed for an offence of robbery with violence.

The report indicated that based on the postmortem report, the inmate died as a result of circulatory failure in brain, lung and kidney due to emboli in those organs.

In  its  recommendation, the Commission added that any prison officers implicated in acts of torture or ill-treatment against prisoners should be suspended pending a full inquiry.

The  deceased father, David Gitahi Nduro said that they would be going to court to seek justice over the loss of his son.

He said that his fears had been proven right adding that the prison department had taken him in circles since the death occurred.

By  Esther  Mwangi/Brian  Kamau

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