Panic as 2 Remandees Die in Police Cell

Two remandees on Sunday, November 22 succumbed to Covid-19 complications at police cell in Mwea, Kirinyaga County.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Kirinyaga County Police Commander Leah Kithei confirmed the news stating that the two died at the Wang’uru Police Statio after testing positive for Covid-19.

Kithei stated that the remandees succumbed to the virus while receiving treatment at Kimbimbi sub-county hospital.

They were rushed to the facility in morning after developing breathing difficulties.

The county police boss revealed that three other remandees at the same police station also tested positive for the virus and have been admitted in the same hospital.

He added that the remaining remandees have also undergone Covid-19 test and are awaiting their results.

Elsewhere, Chief Justice David Maraga has suspended physical sessions at the Meru Law Courts for 14 days starting Monday, November 23 after six judicial officers tested positive for Covid-19.

A COVID-19 Test. [Courtesy]
CJ Maraga in a statement on Sunday, November 22, ordered that all matters be heard virtually as part of efforts to contain the spread of the virus and protect members of staff, court users, justice sector partners and the general public.

He further said that the courts will be reopened when Presiding Judge Edward Muriithi gives the go-ahead upon the testing of staff and in consultation with local health officials.

The CJ noted that several advocates and their staff have also tested positive for the deadly disease.

The closure comes two days after Justice Muriithi ordered that all urgent matters filed by email and pleas requiring physical appearances filed in Githongo and Nkubu.

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