14 January 2013

Kenya: Inmates Cry Foul Over Prison Treatment

Prisoners serving life sentences at the Shimo la Tewa prison in Mombasa have cried foul over alleged mistreatment by the authorities. The five prisoners said they are being frustrated on matters of food and luxury and accused officials of harassing them and beating them up.

The facility last year received various dignitaries, including Chief Justice Willy Mutunga and Somali Ambassador to Kenya Mohammed Ali Nur, among others.

The Star has established that prisoners were staying in Block D, but have been transferred to Block F 'Nyati House' . The cells in block F are dark, lack proper ventilation while others even sleep on floors. This is the block Prime Minister Raila Odinga used to sleep in during their stay at the facility decades ago.

"We are fed on bad food. Our colleague was beaten and injured after he took a rotten chicken in court. We wonder if this place has been turned into Nyati house," said a prisoner.

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