Prisoners in one of the prisons on Thursday afternoon were protesting against harsh treatment by wardens.
A clash between inmates and officials at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison started around 7:30 p m but continued until early evening when staff had managed to regain control over them.
Riot police were called to quell the chaos that followed an addressing by Commissioner of Prisons at Kamiti on Tuesday where prisoners aired their grievances which included complaints about high handedness from warders.
They attributed this to the recent escape of three terror convicts who were re-arrested in Kitui.
The crew of the prison have said their peaceful protest was marred when some inmates took to roof and threw stones at warders.
The inmates are opposed to changes at the prison which have turned restoration of order into a nightmare for them.
From lack of food to restriction of movement, the inmates said they have had enough from the new management.
“Sisi tunahangaishwa na sisi si Al-Shabaab, sisi ni watu wa maisha…I’m just serving my sentence yaani polepole ndio niende nyumbani nikiwa mzima, lakini sasa wamechukulia kifungu kuwa kitu tofauti hata mimi nitafikiria kutoroka,” one of the inmates told Citizen TV.
Anti-riot police were called in to subdue the inmates who engaged them with rocks as they used teargas. Some of them got on the roof to try to bring the inmates down.
It is alleged that 174 inmates out of a total of 1,829 were on the roof on Thursday evening seeking audience with the Commissioner of Prisons who gave them an ear on Tuesday.
The commissioner, Rtd. Brigadier John Warioba, is said to have listened to the inmates and concurred with some of the grievances which he termed genuine.
Availing meals at the expected time, special diet for the sick and restoration of industrial activities to keep the inmates busy was among those he termed a priority.
But prison authorities will not budge on restriction of movement to restore order and discipline among the inmates.
High ranking officials say some of the inmates are resisting changes that include change of guard to warders who are unfamiliar.
The warders are strict in enforcing new rules that restrict block to block movement that has stopped contraband and drugs supply from within.
The official says the inmates on the roof allegedly from block F will be dealt with through psychosocial counselling and treatment.
The inmates however want those in-charge replaced even as they allege that two who were on the roof have been seriously injured.