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MP denied permission to eat ‘nyama choma’ with jailed county bosses

Kieni MP Kanini Kega was on Wednesday denied permission to share a meal of ‘nyama choma’ and biscuits with three former executives found guilty of irregularly issuing a Sh3.7 million contract to a private company.

The lawmaker had carried the food to share with the inmates at Nyeri Main Prison in King’ong’o when he visited them but was stopped.

“The officers in charge of the prison told me that they provide adequate and balanced food to the inmates. There was no need for the gift hamper of ‘nyama choma’,” he said.

He was however granted permission to see the three John Maina (Land and Infrastructure), Martin Wamwea (Finance and Planning) and Chief of Staff Simon Wachira who he termed as his personal friends.

“I came to encourage them and see how they are coping. They are doing well,” he said.

PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT

He noted that the three were not receiving any preferential treatment as has been alleged by some residents.

He however played safe and refused to discuss the decision of the court to jail the three, saying he did not want to jeopardize their case.

“It is not for me to say whether it is a victory or not. I do not want to jeorpadize their case (appeal),” he said.

Senior Prison Officer Patrick Arandu said that the inmates had suffered shock but were adapting well to the new environment and insisted they were not receiving special treatment.

“They are being treated like any other inmate in our custody. They are are together with other inmates serving a short-term sentence,” he noted.

He noted that they were responding well to the counselling session they were receiving.