Wycliffe Ogalo

Former Commissioner-General of Prisons, Mr Wycliffe Ogalo (in tie) is escorted from his office at Magereza House in Nairobi on November 17, 2021, two days after the prisoner escape.

| Lucy Wanjiru | Nation Media Group

16-hour blunder that cost Wycliffe Ogalo his top prisons job

What you need to know:

  • While the Kamiti prison break was discovered at 1.30am, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i broke the news at 4pm.
  • It is not clear why the high ranks of the prisons system took more than 16 hours to alert the ministry of the escape.

On a cold Sunday night on November 14, a warder approaches Cell No A8 at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison in Nairobi, where four terror convicts are being held. She is not supposed to be here tonight, but a surprise rotation of warders has placed her on Cell Block A.


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