By John Ikani
The head of Kenya’s Prison Service, Wycliffe Ogalo has been sacked days after three inmates serving time for terror-related offences allegedly escaped from a maximum security prison in Nairobi.
The fugitives include Mohamed Ali Abikar, who was convicted for his role in the Garissa University attack in 2015 in which 148 people were killed.
The second man was arrested in 2012 over a foiled attack on the Kenyan Parliament, and the third for trying to join the al-Shabab militant group in Somalia.
In a statement released by State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena on Wednesday, Uhuru replaced Ogalo with Brigadier (Rtd) John Kibaso Warioba and witnessed his swearing in.
The President also directed security agencies to use “all available resources” to pursue the escapees.
Authorities have also made an appeal to the public, offering 20m Kenya shillings ($178,000; £132,000) for information about the three escapees.