Captured terror convicts link Ruto's allies for helping them escape
By John Kamau, Editor, thingira.org
The three terror convicts who escaped from Kamiti Maximum Prison have finally opened up on how they planned their escape from the highly guarded prison.
According to sources, the three, Musharraf Abdalla, Joseph Juma and Mohammed Abdi who escaped from the prison on November 14 triggering a national security scare have linked close allies of Deputy President William Ruto in aiding them to escape.
Highly placed sources revealed that the jail break was meant to embarrass President Uhuru Kenyatta in the eyes of the Americans.
That is why it was planned on the week US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was to arrive in Kenya as part of his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa.
What the plotters aimed to achieve was to portray Uhuru as a weak head of state who could not even contain terrorism despite his government receiving financial backing from the United States.
There are reports that the key intermediary between the prisoners and the Ruto’s allies was mysteriously stabbed to death.
The Thingira.org is investigating the matter and in the coming days will publish more details.
Blinken visited Kenya which has a deep and longstanding friendship with the United States.
His visit to the capital Nairobi was centered on advancing US-Kenyan cooperation on peacefully resolving the conflict in Ethiopia, battling COVID-19, improving clean energy access and protecting the environment.
He met the President and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Raychelle Omamo.
Prior to his departures, he had told reporters in Washington, D.C. that he fears Ethiopia could implode if the civil war continues, saying a cease-fire and negotiations would be a better path.
His trip to Kenya underscored US support for a peaceful and inclusive Kenyan election in 2022.
The trip was followed by visits to Nigeria and Senegal.
In Nigeria, Blinken met with President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.
He concluded his trip in Dakar, Senegal after meeting President Macky Sall and Foreign Minister Aïssata Tall Sall.
Insiders revealed that the three terrorist who were being interrogated by Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) have told officers that they started planning the escape over seven months ago through the help of a prison warder who acted as the link between the inmates and their counterparts in Somalia.
The Warder was tasked with the responsibility of helping them to escape and was being paid handsome amounts for his work.
There are reports the money for bribing the warder came from the Deputy President.
The warder was the officer in charge when the prison masons had been brought in to do some construction repair in the cell where the three were being held.
It is at this time that the three are said to have drilled the hole.
On the night of the escape, the officer had briefed them that his colleagues were drunk and the CCTV footage was broken so they could easily escape without being noticed.
They jumped over the walls and escaped through the staff quarters on the road where they found a Probox waiting to transport them to Machakos where they were supposed to be picked up by another vehicle but were forced to board a matatu after the car failed to show up.
However, they were arrested in Kitui County on their way to Somalia where they were supposed to join Al Shabaab.
Meanwhile, one of the three convicts says he cannot bear another term in jail and could escape if he gets the chance.
Musharaf Adbdallah, alias Alex Shikanda, was speaking to civilians on Monday at the Kahawa Law Courts.
“Nilikuwa natafuta uhuru wangu, nimekaa miaka kumi hapa ndio maana nikajaribu kutoroka,” Shikanda said.
Asked whether he would escape again if he gets any chance, Shikanda replied: “absolutely!”
“Ee lazima nitoroke,” he stated, adding “Si ninarudi jela miaka mingine, pamoja na ile yangu?”
Shikanda alongside Joseph Juma Odhiambo and Mohamed Ali Abikar, dislodged a brick from their cell wall before scaling two high walls using ropes, ironically without even those manning the CCTV facility noticing their movement.
Sources say that after the escape, they used a private car from Kamiti to Machakos where they used a public service vehicle to move from Machakos to Kitui Town and eventually to Endau.
Detectives who have secured two phones used by the three during the escape are still searching for two vehicles, one believed to have ferried them to Machakos and the other one believed to be on standby to whisk them into Somalia.
The three told the court last week that they were aided by prison officials to escape from the well-guarded facility before finding their way to Kitui County.