Police station cells renovated after condemnation by health officers
28 July 2016, 20:54
Nairobi - Cells of Murang’a police station have been reopened after renovation following closure of the building by public health department early this year.
The cells which were in pathetic condition were closed in March after the public health officers declared the chambers unsuitable for human use.
The department expressed concerns of huge cracks and leaking roofs in some of the station’s houses including the cells thus posing danger to the occupants.
The building which was constructed during colonial era had numerous wall-cracks and hanging roof putting lives of suspects and police officers at risk.
“Public health officers closed the cells after they said it posed health hazards and could not meet required standards,” said the County Police Commander Naomi Ichami when she was reopening the cells.
She noted the cells have been expanded and new toilets and bathrooms put in place as it was required by public health department.
Ichami said after closure of the cells, the station was incurring huge expenses to transport suspects to nearby Kabuta police station.
“Every day there was to be a transport means to and from Kabuta police station to pick suspects to court or taking people who have been arrested and ordeal which was quite expensive,” remarked Ichami.
She said after renovation, there are chambers for men, women and children with each chamber having a modern toilet and a bathroom.
Initially the cells had no toilet and suspects held in the station used to be escorted to use a pit latrine which is located outside the building.
National Police Service gave out funds for renovation of the cells.
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