John Mwavuda: The prison guard who smuggled Raila’s letters in detention

ODM leader Raila Odinga and Mzee John Mwavuda in Taita Taveta on Tuesday, March 2, 2021

ODM leader on Tuesday introduced the prison guard who smuggled pieces of toilet paper that he would use to write letters on to his loved ones guard during his detention at Manyani Maximum Prison.

During his tour of Mbololo, Taita Taveta county, Raila introduced and acknowledged John Mwavuda, whom he said he had the good fortune of spending time with.

“ He was kind enough to smuggle in pieces of toilet paper that I would then use to write letters on to my loved ones. Mwavuda also doubled as the official courier for the prison and I would deliberately write official letters which would later trigger his transfer to Nairobi. He risked his life and selflessly delivered messages to key contacts for me during these official trips,” raila wrote on his social media accounts.

Raila Odinga under arrest

“Mzee John Mwavuda is a person I will be forever indebted to and I will support a project that is close to his heart that he has told me is about to come to fruition. He has now lost most of his close family members. Let us pray for strength and comfort for this selfless man. Hongera Shujaa Mzee John Mwavuda,” Raila said.

Earlier, Raila visited Mwatete Hospital Isolation Unit, where he met with inmates who were constructing the facility.

Raila is on a four-day tour of the coastal region to popularise the BBI bill.

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