It is really sad after a middle aged man identified as Robert Mureithi died early this morning while in police custody at Pangani station. It is reported that Mureithi was arrested on Friday after going against covid-19 protocols and has been behind bars until today when he passed away.
What has shocked many netizens is that Robert was locked up because he wasn't able to raise 200 shillings as directed by the court. The officer in charge has affirmed that the judge ordered the deceased to pay a fine of 200 shillings or serve a seven days imprisonment. However, it seems Robert was not in a position to raise this cash forcing the police to detain him for one week.
While addressing the media, police spokesman reiterated that the cause of his death is not yet known but they suspect that he died due to lack of enough air in the cells at night. He explained that many culprits were arrested and so the cells were congested.
Do you think it is right to detain a Kenyan citizen because he can't raise 200 shillings?
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