Three Kenyans jailed in Ethiopia finally released

Three Kenyans who had been jailed in Ethiopia for alleged telecommunication fraud were finally released and handed over to the Kenyan authorities after spending three years in Kalit Maximum Prison.

Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau received the trio at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Saturday night to an emotional reunion with their family and friends.

The three – Maxwel Omondi, Jedrick Mugo and another unidentified individual – were then transferred to Mater Hospital for check up and monitoring after which they will be handed over to their families.

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PS Kamau apologised to the ex-convicts’ loved ones for the long time taken to secure their release.

The trio were among five Kenyans arrested in Ethiopia after travelling to the country for work.

One of them, Zack Muriuki, moved to Ethiopia on January 9, 2015 after his company assigned him to a client. He, however, died in the prison after developing respiratory complications.

Kenyans have expressed concern and indignation over Zack’s death, pointing an accusing finger at the Kenyan government for allegedly doing little to save the situation.

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