Chaos in Thika As Prisoners Ask for Quality Food

Aug 25, 2011 (Nairobi Star/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) — CHAOS erupted at the Thika G.K. Prison yesterday when 200 remand prisoners refused to be taken to court claiming they had been given bad food. Sources said that some prison inmates were seriously injured during the clash as the warders tried to quell the unrest. Prison authorities have refuted the claims.

The remand prisoners who are facing violent robbery charges failed to appear in court yesterday and the prosecution had to apply for their production.Trouble started in the morning when the prisoners refused to take porridge claiming it had soil particles and had no sugar. They also claimed they had not had food for three days.

But the officer in charge of the prison Samson Kunzu denied the claims and said the rest of the 700 convicted prisoners had no problem with the food and had taken their ration. “There is nothing wrong with the food. It is the Kamiti remand prisoners who are causing trouble because here they do not enjoy some privileges,” the officer said. Some inmates from the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison were transferred to Thika recently in a bid to congest the facility.

Earlier, sources said the prisoners had wailed throughout the previous night and demanded to be taken back to Kamiti prison. Relatives who turned up at the Thika law courts and failed to meet their kinsmen in remand prison expressed concern over their safety. An advocate Mbiyu Kamau who is representing six of the accused persons said allegations of beating of the prisoners by warders were serious and amounted to torture.

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