The Government of Kenya, carving in to public pressure, has pledged to honour its promise to pay Ksh60 million cash reward to those who helped in the capture of three tèrrorism crimináls who had escaped from Kamiti Maximum Prisòn.
In a statement on Sunday 21st November, Police Spokesperson Bruno Shioso confirmed that the individual(s) would receive the payment in full, but noted that proper verification is being done to authenticate individuals whose tips led to the rearrest of the three who were reportedly headed to Somalia.
“The government acknowledges that the rearrests of the three was made possible with the support from the members of the public,” Mr Shosio said in the statement. “Indeed, the accounts of several people who separately claim to have played a role in the capture have been reported extensively in the media.”
The Directorate of Criminàl Investigations (DCI) offered a cash reward of Ksh60 million for information leading to the rearrest of the three escapees.
A number of people have already come forward claiming that they had directed the authorities on the whereabouts of the three convicted térrorists who had escaped on Wednesday, 17th November, 2021. A man by the name of Paul Mwaniki was reported to have led villagers and police officers to capture the trio.
The three – Musharraf Abdalla, Joseph Juma and Mohammed Abdi – were reportedly trying to flee to the neighbouring country of Somalia when they were arrèsted by police officers and locals in Endau area of Mwingi County.
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“The government intends to honour it pledge on the cash reward offer. This will, however, be subject to a due verification process to ensure the reward goes to deserving recipients.”
Mr Shioso said names of the eventual beneficiaries would not be published to protect their identities as well as for their safety. “The security of the incidént and the risk of harm to those who genuinely aided the capture of the high-value trio may militate against a full public disclosure of the eventual beneficiaries of the cash reward,” the police spokesperson stated.