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KENYA: 1,000 phones seized from Kisumu prison

Discussion in 'Kenyan News and Politics' started by n00b, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. n00b

    n00b JF-Expert Member

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    More than 1,000 phones and other illegal items have been recovered from inmates in the last three months.

    Some of the phones are used by prisoners at the Kibos prison, Kisumu, to blackmail members of the public.

    Warders have also seized chisels and other tools they suspect are used to drill prison walls to enable them escape.

    Recently, an inmate at Kibos contacted the media and said that warders had shot and killed a prisoner.

    His allegations however, turned out to be false.

    The officer in charge of the Kibos Main Prison Nicholas Emaase said inmates hide sharp objects, money and mobile phones by swallowing them.

    Mr Emaase said several of them have been operated on after swallowing the gadgets.

    "When they were taken to hospital, their intestines were found to be harbouring phones, coins and even drugs wrapped in polythene bags," he said.

    The inmates, according to Mr Emaase, even swallow coins and notes, yet there is a provision for them to deposit the money and access it when they want to buy most things at the prison's kiosk.

    Some of the inmates are reported to be wrapping chisels in polythene bags then inserting them in their anus.

    "Most of these inmates are serving life sentences and have lost hope. Some of them even wish to die," Mr Emaase said during a recent visit to the prison.

    During the visit, prisoners clashed with warders who were searching them in a bid to mop up the contraband.

    More than 46 rolls of bhang and a yet-to be identified powdered substance were found during the search.

    Mr Emaase revealed that some of the criminals' family members brought them the illegal items.

    Because they watch TV, prisoners are able to spot promotions, from where they get information to con members of the public.

    "A woman had been promised a job after sending money to a phone number. But the caller was a con man and the CID traced the mobile phone to this prison," Mr Emaase said.

    Source: The Daily Nation
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    How enterprising!