Was the alleged local witness that spotted three terror fugitives in Mwingi, Kitui county, a special government agent?
This is a question that was raised by a netizen on social media hours after the suspects were returned into custody.
The analogy that quickly evoked reactions was inspired by a circulating photo that purportedly shows the “witness” during his earlier days in the service.
The man who led to the apprehension of the escapees had earlier explained to the media how villagers managed to corner the convicts.
He revealed that the guys acted in a weird way and were moving in a suspicious manner as if they had lost directions of their way.
He added that the residents who looked exhausted and thirsty also bought a lot of drinks like milk and bottled water as well as bread and biscuits from local shops.
— What a Life (@lilnasxtr) November 18, 2021
But as the viral image above suggests, perhaps this wasn’t just an ordinary prison escape and capture.
If indeed the said witness has previously been in service and is somehow still in contact with the government, you can’t completely rule out the possibility of this being just another State-influenced circus possibly aimed at distracting the gullible masses.
On Wednesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta sacked Wycliffe Ogalo as the Commissioner-General of the Kenya Prisons Service.
And in a similarly dramatic incident, Ogalo and two other top officers at Kamiti prisons were arrested from Magereza building and taken DCI for grilling.
He was however released minutes later.
In his place, Uhuru appointed and witnessed the swearing-in of Ogalo’s successor, Brigadier (Rtd) John Kibaso Warioba.
DCI had also placed a Sh60 million bounty on the escapee’s heads but ever since their arrest, the agency has avoided commenting on the topic.
As it stands, it is not clear if anyone will get the bounty for the arrest of the three.