A prisoner who had escaped from the Wundanyi GK Prison in Taita Taveta County, two days ago was last night re-arrested at his home town in Mwanda location.
The Prisons officer in charge, Khamisi Bakari said the inmate had served only three months of his two year jail term for stealing a motorcycle in Taita Sub-County, at the time of his dramatic escape.
The Assistant Commissioner of Prisons (ACP) said the inmate was working with others at the Vatican Administration Police Quarter, adjacent to the penal institution at the time of his escape, which left the prison authorities baffled.
The suspect was together with others looking for grass for the prisons dairy cattle at the AP lines, where he had stolen clothes belonging to one of the AP officers while on a line to dry. The suspect entered into the toilet and changed into the said clothes and fled unnoticed, he said.
Speaking to KNA in his office this morning, Bakari observed that the prisoner left behind his prisons uniforms and bag, full of grass, avocado and the sickle he had been using to cut grass.
A man-hunt was launched for the escapee, where he was arrested at home where he had cheated his relatives that he had left prison thanks to the presidential amnesty, a few weeks earlier.
Bakari could not rule out negligence on the part of his officers, saying the matter was still under internal probe.
The ACP revealed that the inmate would now serve seven years in jail, which include three years of probation which favored him before he stole the motor bike, two years for stealing and another two years for escaping lawful custody.
The incident comes after five prison warders allegedly aided two remandees to escape from lawful custody at the facility, early this year.
The suspects who were facing defilement charges, escaped from the heavily guarded penal institution, under the watch of five prison warders, among them a Corporal who was on duty at night.
Bakari confirmed that the report from the probe team that had been investigating the five prison officers had been finalized and further cleared of wrong doing and transferred to various prisons at the Coast.
Source: Kenya News Agency