Kenya Prisons guards/correction officers have gone on strike demanding better pay from the government of Kenya. Catherine Ndereba, a world class Kenyan marathon runner is also a prison guard with Kenya Prisons Service.
While Catherine Ndereba has made millions from running and can afford to buy a house in Boston, America, other prison officers only know one thing, poverty!. One former prison guard told a local paper, “I lived in a hall that had been converted into a residential house and partitioned with curtains with each warder being allocated a single room”
The Kenya prison guards are some of the lowest paid government employees and people here in Kenya have been sympathetic and supportive for their strike action. I heard one young lady calling on a radio talk in show swear, “If a prison guard proposed to me I would say a big No!”
As the prison officers match along the roads around Kenya prison facilities, Catherine is busy hitting the roads preparing for Beijing Olympics. Another runners who serves as a prison officer is Lukas Kibet, winner of marathon Gold at last year’s IAAF world championship.
Meanwhile, the prisons officers at Naivasha Maximum Prison have threatened to release all prisoners. I wonder whether a Michael Scofield wannabe is planning a “PRISON BREAK” you know, guards are on strike, what a perfect time to escape!