No tor­ture at King’ong’o, says Osugo

Prisons boss says warders were looking for con­tra­band held by the in­mates

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - WAMBUGU KANYI @TheS­tarKenya

Prisons com­mis­sioner gen­eral Isa­iah Osugo yes­ter­day de­nied claims that warders tor­ture in­mates at the King’ong’o Prison.

His state­ment comes af­ter a video was aired by the me­dia al­legedly show­ing warders tor­tur­ing pris­on­ers.

Osugo said the of­fi­cers mounted a search for con­tra­band at the pe­nal fa­cil­ity last Fri­day. He said they found 50 mo­bile phones.

“There was strug­gle and scuf­fle in the process of get­ting those phones since there was a lot of re­sis­tance from the pris­on­ers,” Osugo said.

“The in­mates used a Techno smart­phone, which was left be­hind, to record the stage-man­aged video. The ban­dages were used to fool the pub­lic that they were in­jured.”

He led a high-pow­ered del­e­ga­tion from his of­fice and was ac­com­pa­nied by Cen­tral re­gion po­lice boss Larry Kieng.

“There was no in­jury as al­leged in the video. There is a lot of false­hood in the clip. We have done our in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions. The me­dia should have clar­i­fied the mat­ter from our side be­fore re­port­ing this in­ci­dent,” Osugo said.

He said the of­fi­cers who helped smug­gle the mo­bile phones into the prison will be sacked and charged. Osugo said of­fi­cers who have over­stayed at the fa­cil­ity will be trans­ferred.

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