A theft convict, who was serving one-year jail term, on Tuesday morning staged a dramatic escape from the Thika Main Prison.
Area residents who spoke to Nairobi News said that they heard gunshots and when they enquired they were informed that a prisoner had escaped.
"I heard gunshots and when I enquired I was told that a convict had escaped from prison," said James Ouma.
Another area resident, George Mogiri, said police officers lobbed teargas canisters near the prison as they tried to catch up with the suspect who is still at large.
"The police have thrown teargas canisters almost everywhere, currently there is no going past the prison," he said.
ON THE RUN
Mr Mathew Kimanzi, the Prison boss, said they are still in pursuit of the escapee.
"He had already served six months and was remaining with six when he escaped. We are still looking for him," he told Nairobi News.
On March 19, a convict who was serving a life sentence at the Manyani Maximum Security Prison in Voi was arrested as he tried to sneak back into the prison.
Police said that the man had mysteriously disappeared from the prison.
In August last year, Mr William Meta also sneaked from a chained hospital bed at Kenyatta National Hospital where he was receiving treatment.
To date he has never been found.
In July, eight prisoners escaped from a cell in King'ong'o Prison, Nyeri by cutting the grill on the window of the cell.
They were identified as Peter Loyara, James Irungu, John Njoro Njuguna, Julius Mungania, Peter Ngarushane, Peter Koring, Benard Mwirichia and Godfrey Ipomai.
However, six of them did not manage to go past the prison's wall as they fell down and died.