Death Row in­mate sues Pris­ons’ of­fi­cer for tor­ture, wants Sh300,000 dam­ages

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

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.

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