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Prison warden arrested after allegedly lobbing teargas inside a bar for refusal of entry

A prison warden is in custody after allegedly lobbing teargas inside a lodging where he was refused entry.

Bonventure Marucha who works at Kendubay Prison, Homa Bay, arrived at Makuti Bar and Lodging, in Nyamache sub-county, Kisii County a few minutes past 8pm. The place had already closed its doors for the day, in compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.

In a scenario that mirrored the May, 2021 alleged murder of a night watchman by Embakasi Simon Mutia Mwongela, Marucha demanded that the lodging/bar door be opened. “He further lamented that he was a police officer and he would drop something if the owner of the restaurant could not open the door,'” says a police report filed at Magena Police Station.

Marucha’s incesstant knocking of the main door attracted the attention of Sospeter Moruri Nyabuga, a guest who was in one of the rooms. Moruri confronted him. Marucha, says the report, “dropped an object beside the tarmac road which it exploded prompting tension in the restaurant.”

Police from Magena were called and arrested the suspect. A used tear gas canister was recovered from the scene. “While at the station, the officer became violent resisting to be placed in custody but was later restrained,” the police report adds.

Marucha’s car, a dark blue Nissan Carina registration number KAP 434L was detained.


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