Death Row inmate sues Prisons’ officer for torture, wants Sh300,000 damages
A Death Row inmate has sued the Chief Inspector at Kamiti Main Prison, Alphonce Mang’eni, following allegations of torture. Joseph Nyanjui was convicted on February 28 and he is currently pursuing his appeals. In his petition, Nyanjui says in September last year, Mang’eni supervised junior officers in searching for contraband and confiscating it from inmates and no prisoner resisted. He says Mang’eni beat him and his fellow inmates with a club. Nyanjui says this violates the law. He seeks damages of Sh300,000. However, the officer in charge at Kamiti, Henry Kisingu, denies the claims. In a letter dated May 13, he wrote to the Commissioner General of Prisons stating that his security team carried out a routine search and Nyanjui was among prisoners who resisted. Kisingu says they restrained the inmates and found them with phones, Sh500 and 12 phone batteries. The hearing is set for November 2.