James Muchiri and Benson Mutua, two young individuals with dreams of academic success, found themselves in a challenging situation when they were arrested and detained at GK Nakuru Prison.
Muchiri and Mutua, students at Baltimore High School and Hillcrest High School respectively, had aspirations like any other students but ended up Scoring Grade E’s in the just released KCSE exams.
Their paths took an unforeseen turn when an incident at a local joint led to a fight, resulting in the disappearance of six bottles of chrome worth Sh 1500.
Little did they know that this event would set off a chain of events that would change the course of their lives.
“I had no other option but to continue pursuing my education behind bars,” Muchiri recalls.
His arrest on June 11th came as a shock during his mid-term break.
As he lounged at the pool table, he was accused of robbery with violence, thrusting him into a world of uncertainty and legal challenges.
Stress and lack of concentration became constant companions on Muchiri’s journey to academic success. The prison environment, devoid of freedom, made it difficult for him to focus on his studies.
“I lacked concentration in the unfamiliar environment of no freedom that I hardly read since there was no access to books, only a business study textbook.” He said.
Mutua echoed Muchiri’s sentiments, expressing remorse and regret for the choices that led him to the prison environment.
“Crime si poa,” he utterd acknowledging the gravity of his actions.
“If I had not fought I would have done my studies in school like my other age mates, but my journey has taken an unexpected turn. I hope God will intervene on our third hearing slated for January 22 as the six of us are innocent,” he expressed