From left to right: Jackline Obonyo, Jackline Rebecca Aloo and Isaac Karanja Maina

Three nurses have been arraigned in Court and charged with abetting the escape of  81 patients from Mathari Mental Hospital.

According to the prosecution charge sheet, the nurses, Isaac Karanja Maina, Jacqueline Rebecca Aloo and Jackline Obonyo, facilitated the escape of patients admitted in ward eight and nine by unlocking the padlock of the entrance gates on June 16, 2017.

The nurses committed the offense at the height of the ongoing nurses’ strike. The healthcare givers downed their tools demanding for the implementation of Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Appearing before Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku, the three nurses denied the charge filed against them of recklessness and negligence.

They were each released on a bond of Ksh 500,000 each with one surety of a similar amount or a cash bail of Ksh 200,000.

The matter will be heard on September 7, 2017.