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Deathrow convicts claim torture by warders

25 November 2013, 18:54 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - More than 69 death row convicts at King’ong’o GK prison in Nyeri are fearing for their lives, claiming they are being tortured by prison authorities at the facility.

The convicts who are referred to as special categories, on Monday claimed that two senior officials at the facilities have been threatening them with imminent death.

In a phone interview with journalists, the shaken inmates said that on Tuesday last week, prison warders led by the two officials descended on them with batons and kicks, and left one of them with serious injuries.

They said the officers were on a routine search at the prison before they started beating them indiscriminately.

“They told us they can kill us any time and said they are just being sympathetic about our fate and we should dismiss the knowledge that there is human rights in prison,” they said.

The inmates, held at block E of the facility, added that they have been living in constant fear considering a similar incident happened at the same block where six inmates were beaten to death several years ago.

“We are now appealing to the government to guarantee us security since we are living at the mercy of the two senior officers,” they pleaded.

They further added that one inmate who was injured during the recent fracas has been denied medical attention even though both of his legs are now swollen.

However, the officer in charge of the prison, Patrick Olando denied the allegations saying he is not aware of any inmate who has been threatened or tortured.

Olando said he talked with the inmates Monday morning and they did not raise the issues in question.

He noted that some inmates may be having personal differences with the warders but the situation has not reached a state where they are tortured.

He however promised to investigate the claims saying so far no such incident has been reported to his office.

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