, NYERI, Kenya Jun 27 – The number he was given after graduating from the Kenya Prisons Training College in Ruiru was 961000. The former prison warder is now a tenant in the woods.
Felix Murigu was dismissed from the force due to irresponsible drinking after serving in the prison department for more than 12 years.
After he was sacked, Murigu sought solace in the woods due to rejection from the community and family members who saw him as a threat in their locality.
He now resides in a segregated area at Murichu forest in Ndaragwa with only some rags which he uses to protect himself from the cold.
Murigu says he was dismissed together with eight colleagues after they were found drunk.
Murigu says they divorced with his wife and mother of their two children after he was sacked but wishes that he could re unite with his family and build a better future.
Murigu also wishes to rejoin the forces again as a reformed man and warns that irresponsible drinking and crime doesn’t pay.
Murigu’s mother, Gladwel Kiguta, a former teacher, says that she wants to see her second born child in his normal state as ‘a dependant son who used to assist her in times of need.’
Lady luck seems to smile at Murigu through Sergeant Moses Kimenchu from Murang’a County who has been assisting to rehabilitate alcohol addicts and heard about his plight and is ready to help him.
Kimenchu says that he learnt about the predicament of Murigu from a neighbour and now he is ready to make him great again.
Kimenchu who has transformed lives of many people in the police force calls for the National Police Service to come up with a strategy to set up a rehabilitation centre for addicted officers noting that they pose danger to the community after going through training.
The soft spoken officer says that the dismissed officers can engage in criminal activities or else train thugs on how to use weapons.