The government has finally agreed to pay out the Ksh60 million cash reward to individuals who aided the re-arrest of three Kamiti criminals after public demands.
In a statement on Sunday, November 21, Police Spokesperson Bruno Shioso confirmed that the individual would receive the payment in full.
He, however, cautioned that proper verification would be conducted to ascertain individuals whose tips led to the arrest of the three who were en route to Somalia.
“The government acknowledges that the rearrests of the suspects was made possible with the support from the members of the public. 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 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,” read the statement in part.
Shioso further noted that the names of the eventual beneficiaries would not be published to protect their identities as well as their safety.
“The security of the incident 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.
Several people had already come forward to the press claiming that they directed the authorities to the whereabouts of the three convicted terrorists who had escaped from Kamiti Maximum Prison on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
The trio, Musharraf Abdalla, Joseph Juma and Mohammed Abdi, were reportedly trying to flee to the neighbouring country of Somalia when they were nabbed by police officers and locals of the Endau area of Mwingi County.
A man by the name of Paul Mwaniki was reported to have led villagers and police officers to capture the trio.
Mwaniki pleaded with the government to fulfil its promise by giving him the bounty that was placed on each head.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) offered a cash reward of Ksh60 million for information leading to the arrest of the three escapees.
“A reward of Ksh60 million will be offered to anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the following three terror suspects, who escaped from Kamiti Maximum Security Prison today at 1am,” the police stated on Monday, November 15.