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Murder suspect Jowie on hunger strike to protest transfer to Manyani Prison

Joseph Irungu alias Jowie who is facing murder with TV journalist Jacque Maribe. /CFM-FILE.

NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 13 – Joseph Irungu alias Jowie, the main suspect in the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani, has sued Prison authorities over alleged mistreatment and the transfer from Kamiti Maximum Prison.

Through lawyer David Ayuo, Jowie accused the Commissioner of Prisons of inhuman degrading treatment and has now decided to go on hunger strike to protest the ‘degrading treatment’.

Jowie said he is uncomfortable with the decision to transfer him to Manyani Maximum Prison, in a cell infested with lice and snakes.

In documents lodged in court on Friday, Jowie claims he was assaulted by warders at Kamiti Maximum Prison.

He claims that one of the officers even threatened to kill him.

“I will throw you in a hole you will never be found,” a prison officer is reported to have warned Jowie as indicated in the suit paper.

According to Jowie the officer executed the threat by transferring him to Manyani Maximum Prison where he is being held with inmates convicted of capital offenses.

Jowie and his fiancée TV Journalist Jacque Maribe are charged with the murder of businessman Monica Kimani. Both denied the charge.

While Maribe was freed on bail, her co-accused is still in remand.

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Jowie said he wants to be allowed to record a statement at Kiambu Police station over the alleged assault and obtain a P3 form.

“It is only fair and just in the interest of justice that the applicant be allowed to report the assault for legal action against prison officers culpable,” his lawyer said.

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