Three of the 50 people who escaped from a government quarantine facility in Nairobi have been traced and arrested. One of the escapees had avoided police roadblocks and made his way home to Cheplanget in Kericho County.
Directorate of Criminal Investigations Officers arrested the man at Tiriitap Moita area in Bureti constituency. The arrest caused panic in the area in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak in the region. The escapee who was identified as Nelson Kiplangat has been taken to Kapkatet Medical Training College where he has been quarantined.
Silas Gichuge, Kericho County Police Commander confirmed the arrest saying that Kiplangat had used public transport to travel to Kericho. He also said that investigation is ongoing to identify people he came into contact with. The other two escapees were arrested at Marurui in Nairobi County. They were taken to Kasarani chief camp as they await for further action.
The escapees are said to have complained about the fees charged by the government at the facility before throwing their belongings in suitcases over the wall and scaling it. President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the escapees will be tracked down. “We will find you”.
The Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe wondered how they successfully escaped the facility that has 24-hour security and said that security officials have a case to answer. Mutahi Kagwe urged the escapees to surrender themselves to police or quarantine facilities before facing the full force of law. The search for the other escapees is still ongoing.