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Two remandees die of covid-19 at a police station in Kirinyaga sparking protests

Two remandees lost their lives on Sunday the 22nd of November 2020 while at the Wang’uru Police station in Mwea, Kirinyaga county.

The two suspects succumbed to Covid-19 after earlier testing positive for the deadly virus.

Leah Kithei, Kirinyaga County Police Commander, while speaking to a local daily, admitted that the police station had five suspects who exhibited Covid-19 symptoms. According to her, the five remandees complained of chest pains, coughed, and complained of breathing difficulties.

She further revealed that the cops took the five to the Kimbimbi Sub-County hospital early Sunday morning.

Unfortunately, two of them lost their lives, while three are still receiving treatment. According to the police boss, the other remandees are waiting for their Coronavirus test results.

“Convicts are held at the police holding facilities and must get Covid-19 clearance certificates before being taken to the Prison to serve their terms,” Kithei said.

Foul play.

However, the family of the two remandees accused the police of playing foul in their relatives’ deaths. According to them, the suspects had visible signs of head injuries.

Consequently, alongside a crowd, the family gathered outside the police station and protested for the alleged murder of the two remandees.

The police station will undergo fumigation, and it has been isolated as part of the precautionary measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. Police officers stationed at the post will also undergo Coronavirus tests to ascertain their state.

The country has been recording a spike in covid-19 cases, with the Ministry of Health warning of a second wave. The MoH has cautioned Kenyans to take care since the second wave seems stronger than the first.

On Sunday the 22nd of November, the country has recorded 968 positive cases bringing the total number of infections in the country to 77,372. The death toll has also risen to 1380 after an additional 14 patients lost their lives to the deadly virus.

Here is the video of the family protesting outside the police station;

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