Entrance to a Kenya police station.
Residents of Kirinyaga staged protests outside Wang’uru police station on Sunday, November 22, after two pretrial detainees died under mysterious circumstances.
The two prisoners are believed to have died from Covid-19 on Sunday morning after developing symptoms related to the deadly virus.
Kirinyaga County Police Commander Leah Kithei confirmed that the two remand prisoners died, but did not pledge the cause of death.
Entrance area of Shimo la Tewa prison in Kilifi.
“Convicts are held in police detention facilities and must obtain Covid-19 release certificates before being taken to prison to serve their sentence,” Kithei noted.
The two defendants who died on Sunday were among five convicts who were transported to Kimbimbi Sub-County Hospital from the train station.
The three are said to be in serious condition after complaining of difficulty breathing, coughing and chest pain.
The families of the two detainees who died at Mwea police station are reportedly accusing police of foul play, saying the detainees had visible head injuries.
A crowd gathered inside the police station to protest the deaths of the two inmates as they suspected Covid-19 was the cause of their deaths.
The police station has been isolated and is expected to be fumigated as a precaution, with police officers at the station also scheduled to undergo testing.
Police revealed that all five prisoners had been tested and their results had not yet returned as they were about to start their sentences.
The country reported a peak in Covid-19 cases with 968 Covid-19 cases recorded on Sunday, November 22.
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