Questions raised over torture allegations at Manyani Maximum Prison – PHOTOS
A section of inmates serving life sentences at the Manyani Maximum Prison in Taita Taveta County are calling upon relevant institutions to come to their rescue over allegations of torture at the penal institution.
Sources who spoke to Citizen Digital on condition of anonymity said the atrocities of brutality inflicted upon the inmates occur regularly.
One such inmate is 20-year-old Lookman Hatib Hamisi, who is on death row following a murder conviction, who said he has for the past two days been brutally beaten up by the prison guards over claims of being in possession of a mobile device.
Citizen Digital has since obtained photos of Hatib, dressed only in boxers, with bruises all over his body especially on the back.
When approached for comment on the matter, Manyani Maximum Prison Commander Bison Madegwa refused to respond to questions posed.
“I will not speak about this matter about these claims as I am not allowed to speak to the media unless issued with a written letter of authorization from the Commissioner General of Prisons,” Madegwa told this reporter in his office.
Human rights activist Alexander Mbela, who is also following up on the allegations, stated that it is wrong to torture inmates despite their sentences and no matter what they might have committed while in prison.
Mbela said the constitution may deprive inmates of freedom of movement but it still upholds their freedom and rights as human beings above all.
“I’m aware of this matter and as Haki Africa we have been following it up closely after receiving Hatib’s photos from anonymous sources,” he said.
“We decided to pay a visit to the facility to ascertain the whole issue but we were not given any details about the inmate. We are aware of many atrocities and injustices in this maximum prison and we condemn it strongly as the bill of rights specifically protects people from torture including prisoners.”
This comes on the backdrop of several complaints emanating from the facility including those of inmates dying under mysterious circumstances, unprocedural transfers of guards, torture among other injustices.
Early this year, inmates at the Manyani Maximum Prison staged a protest following the death of one of their colleagues who was ill passed on in what they termed as negligence.
The inmate, late identified as Stephen Mwangi Kabanzu, was reportedly ill for a while before fellow inmates insisted to the wardens to take him to hospital, only for him to succumb.
The inmates raised claims of alleged mistreatment, adding that Kabanzu’s death could have been avoided had the situation been handled early enough.
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