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Two warders arrested over killing of robbery prisoner

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By Antony Gitonga | January 29th 2020
David Gitahi holds the picture of his son. A postmortem examination showed that his son Simon Nduro was tortured to death at Naivasha Prison. [Antony Gitonga, Standard]

Police in Naivasha have arrested two prison warders in connection with the death of an inmate in Naivasha GK prison last year.

The two were arrested in the prison staff quarters over the death of Simon Gitahi Nduro on June 15, 2019.

The arrest follows investigations by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) and the CID officers into the death of the 36-year old inmate who was serving a life sentence.

According to Naivasha OCPD Samuel Waweru, the two were in custody and will be charged in court with murder.

Waweru said that an inquest file opened after the death had proven that the two had a case to answer.

“We have in custody two warders from Naivasha GK prison and they will be charged with murdering the inmate within their facility,” he said.

The deceased's father David Gitahi Nduro said that his fears were confirmed and that the prison department had taken him in circles since his son’s death.

“I thank KNCHR and the pathologist who was very open and candid that my son was tortured to death by the warders,” he said.

According to KNHRC, a group of warders and inmates were interviewed after the death with details emerging that the victim was ruthlessly beaten and later locked in a segregation room.

“After being assaulted, the inmate was taken to the segregation block without being given medical attention and he died at the Prison and not on his way to the hospital as it was alleged by the officers,” reads the report in part.

The commission noted that two warders had been fully incriminated in the beating of Gitahi who had been jailed for robbery with violence.

“The DPP should ensure prompt and comprehensive investigations are conducted into the alleged torture complaint by the warders and ensure that those responsible are prosecuted,” the report adds.

The investigating team noted that based on the postmortem report, the inmate died as a result of circulatory failure in brain, lung and kidney due to emboli in those organs.

“The cause for this was Thrombo-Emboli/Fat Emboli to the lungs due to soft tissue trauma by multiple blunt force.”

In its recommendation, the commission added that any prison officers implicated in acts of torture or ill-treatment against prisoners should immediately be suspended pending a full inquiry.

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