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Kenyan prison warden shares rare glimpse into inmates’ hidden world



Once they are in prison, a prisoner’s life significantly changes because every moment is governed by rigid timetables that the prison administration has established.

Their daily routines are strictly managed, starting with waking up and continuing with activities, eating, and even watching TV.

Reddit disclosures from an unnamed Kenyan jail warden shocked the public by exposing the inner lives of prisoners.

The warden was questioned on prisoners taking on other prisoners as spouses or husbands and the lengths to which certain inmates would go in order to prevent the transfer of their jail partners.

“I have witnessed a situation where a certain inmate was willing to give up to Sh 10,000 for a certain inmate not to be transferred to a different cell block. Some refuse to go to transfers to other prisons because they don’t want to leave their prison spouse. Funny enough some dude just refused to be released and when we forced it, he did come back a few days later having committed some misdemeanor. Wives are rampant in the prison system. Even women prisoners have wives. It is something you cannot control,” said the warden using the moniker Affectionate-Fox2015.

However, the living conditions for prisoners are not as excellent as what free people may believe. The warden claims that because there are fewer female inmates than male, who are = crowded in male prisons, female inmates typically receive better bedding.

“Thanks to congestion in prisons, a prison that is meant to hold 300 inmates is now housing over 1300 inmates. They do not need blankets to sleep given that they are already more than 100 in a ward that is supposed to hold a handful of them. Have you ever heard of how at some point they are packed together until you have to wake up the whole row so that you can turn together in unison. When you wake up to go and relieve yourself, you come back and you cant even find your spot,” explained the warden.

The warden further shed light on inmates’ access to toilets at night, revealing the horror they have to endure until morning.

“Yes, there is a bucket in the cell at night. If your cell has no inside toilet, you sit on the bucket and when you are done, another inmate will come and use it. It will continue like that until morning when the cell will be opened. Woe unto you if you are beans that messed up your stomach. For toiletries, that depends on if you have relatives who bring them for you. If an inmate does not have, they resort to using the mattresses offered to clean themselves up. No wonder they don’t have mattresses,” added the warden.

The warden also claimed prisoners are not allowed to kill lice, saying, “lice are the government’s property.” Additionally, no conjugal visits are allowed in Kenyan prisons and no gym equipment is allowed for prisoners’ use within the confines of the prison.

“If you want to exercise, you use your body and your weight. Those gym equipment are weapons to them. Even the lame bring their walking aids to us and we store them because they can also be used as weapons,” the warden went on.

The warden also revealed that any inmate who attempted to take their own life would be beaten and thrashed by wardens such that “next time you will remember the beating you got and you will drop those suicide thoughts.”

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21-year-old man faces defilement charges after marrying 16-year-old



Simon Mutuli Mwaka, a 21-year-old man, married MKK, a 16-year-old girl, in Nairobi and is now charged with defilement under section 8 (1) (4) of the Sexual Offences Act (SOA) of 2006.

On November 26, the accused, a mason by trade, was taken into custody at his home in Embakasi’s Tassia estate.

Mwaka is accused of violating section 11 (1) of the SOA by engaging in an indecent act with a minor, in addition to the defilement accusations

According to the accusation, on the same date, he touched the minor’s privates without authorization.

On November 27, while Mwaka was under night detention, the minor and he were found together at his residence.

After that, they were brought to the Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Embakasi for medical examination, where it was confirmed that the minor had been defiled.

Through her mother’s phone, Mwaka had been in communication with MKK, and the mother was aware of their relationship, according to police investigations. MKK chose to wed Mwaka after finishing primary school last year because the latter was not enrolled in secondary education. Together, they made the journey from Kitui to Nairobi.

Mwaka informed MKK’s mother that they were now living together as husband and wife as soon as they arrived in Nairobi. MKK gave her mother confirmation of the same.

The mother alerted MKK’s father, who subsequently notified the local chief, about the circumstances. Mwaka’s parents were contacted by an administrator who verified that he had departed with the youngster.

The culprit was apprehended when the father of the youngster reported the incident to the Tassia police post.

Mwaka stated in court that MKK was prepared to drop the charges, but it was made clear that she was unable to do so since she was a minor. Mwaka was freed after entering a not guilty plea and providing a Sh150,000 surety bond.

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Housemaid among three charged in botched carjacking



A 20-year-old Juja domestic worker who was caught alongside two males in a high-profile bust outside the Kasarani police station in Nairobi is currently on trial for attempted robbery.

After taxi driver Peter Gathesa drove into the station in difficulty, Joy Mumbi was taken into custody by police at the station entrance. Alongside her were her co-accused, 22-year-old Kelvin Murithi, and 25-year-old Julius Mbithi Njeru.

They are both accused of trying to rob someone violently, which is a criminal offense that carries a death sentence.

The three are charged with attempting to rob Gathesa on November 19 near the Thika Superhighway in Nairobi of his vehicle, a Toyota Ractis valued at Sh1 million.

They are charged with abusing the plaintiff violently during the  incident, reportedly strangling him while he was driving.


Julius Njeru, Kelvin Murithi and Joy Mumbi in the dock at the Makadara Law Courts. PHOTO|JOSEPH NDUNDA

After Murithi posted a trip request online using a digital taxi hailing app and stated he would be dropped off at Statehouse Road in Nairobi, Gathesa had picked up the three accused in Juja, Kiambu County.

Along the Thika Superhighway, Mumbi sat in the passenger seat and Murithi and Njeru followed the driver.

Murithi allegedly told Gathesa to stop and get out of the car while pointing out what seemed to be a toy gun along the route.

Contrary to the directive, Gathesa sprinted to the Kasarani Police Station, where he was saved by officers who then took the three suspects into custody.

The other two were apprehended as they attempted to flee, while Mumbi was detained inside the vehicle.

Despite Ms. Mumbi’s admission to police that she is employed as a domestic helper at a home on Kenyatta Road in Juja, the three suspects’ relationship could not be established.

Murithi resides in an estate off of Jogoo Road in Nairobi with his parents.


They all refuted the allegations, in front of Makadara Law Courts Senior Principal Magistrate Gerald Mutiso.

Without the option of posting cash bail, they were freed on a Sh500,000 bond with a matching surety.

The matter will be heard on February 12.


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Police recover 3,800 bottles of counterfeit drinks worth Sh7.8m in Kiambu



In Kiambu, police have found 2,400 pieces of fake Kenya Revenue Authority stamps and 3,800 bottles of fake beverages.

According to the DCI, during the operation, a house yielded 3,440 pieces of empty bottles, sacks containing various bottle caps, and 260 liters of ethanol.

According to the DCI, the estimated value of the illicit recoveries is Sh7,836,500, less the loss of exercise duty of Sh2,774,551.49 and the loss of VAT of Sh1,253,840.

An operation led by a multi-agency team made up of officers from KRA and DCI Headquarters’ Economic and Commercial Crimes Unit resulted in the recovery.

The retrieved goods, according to the police, were escorted to a KRA warehouse.

A manhunt has been initiated by detectives to find the suspect, who is still at large.This occurs just a few days after cops raided a business on Nairobi’s Kirinyaga Road and found 4,920 pieces of 250ml counterfeit alcohol bottles.

Following the ongoing crackdown on high-level tax evasion by booze merchants, KRA provided

assistance to them in the operation.

The recovered goods, believed to be worth Sh984,000, are mixed brands of illicit booze. The suspect was given a seizure notice after the recovery was brought to a KRA warehouse.

“As the crackdown christened Operation Uchumi heightens, further investigations are ongoing to establish the source of the counterfeit drinks.”

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