New details have emerged indicating several mistakes committed by ex-Prisons boss Wycliffe Ogalo, that could have contributed to his ouster days after three terror suspects escaped from Kamiti Prison.
Reports on Nation indicate that despite learning of the escape on the morning after it happened, Ogalo reportedly waited until 4:00 PM to inform his superiors at the Interior Ministry.
The delay in communicating the escape slowed down the response and may have given the escapees ample time to move out of the city without facing hurdles.
Additionally, reports indicate that Ogalo’s superior were not happy that the ex-prison boss took hours before heading to Kamiti to coordinate the search activities.
File image of ex-Prison boss Wycliffe Ogola addressing the media. [Photo: Courtesy]
It is reported that after learning of the escape, Ogalo convened a virtual meeting at the Prisons headquarters in Upper Hill, after which he headed to Kamiti. This is did not augur well with his superiors who felt that the first response would have been to rush to the prison, establish what happened and coordinate search activities.
Lastly, it is said that Ogalo and this team lacked clear answers on when the prisoner escaped. This reportedly frustrated Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’i and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Ogalo was later fired and his position taken over by Brigadier (Rtd) John Warioba.
The three escapees were eventually arrested in Kitui and taken back to Kamiti.
They were later presented in court for charges of escaping lawful arrest, and detained for additional ten days at ATPU headquarters, as police investigate the daring Kamiti escape.