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Briton Jermaine Grant jailed for terrorism among prisoners who voted in Taita Taveta

Jermaine Grant, a British national is among scores of inmates who have voted in the August polls in Taita Taveta County. The prisoner is serving a nine years sentence for forging his school leaving certificate and trying to acquire a Kenyan Identity Card while still a British National.

Grant is still facing another terror related case at the Mombasa High Court where he was sentenced in 2015.

Prisons authorities confirmed that the prisoner is among the 208 inmates in the four penal institutions who have participated for the first time in this year’s general election.

Senior prison officer Khamisi Bakari said Grant has voted but declined to state where he had cast his vote due to security reasons.

“The Briton National is among 208 inmates who have voted for the Presidential candidate of their choice in this year’s election but we cannot disclose where he has cast his vote for security reasons,” he said.

High Court Judge Martin Muya passed the verdict after he found that Grant was the main accomplice in the forgery of his school documents.

Grant was found guilty on forgery charges, including attempts to prepare a birth certificate, a school leaving certificate and trying to acquire a Kenyan Identity Card in spite of being a British national. Grant who is associated with Samantha Lewthwhite Alias White Widow believed to be the mastermind of The Westgate Mall terror attacks also faces other charges of being in possession of explosives.

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Grant has previously served three years jail term at Shimo La Tewa for being in the country illegally. He continues to deny charges procured against him by Kenyan law enforcement.

According to Bakari, inmates from Manyani Maximum Security, Voi, Taveta and Wundanyi GK Prisons voted.

He said out of 155 registered voters in Manyani, a total of 129 voted. In Voi, 17 of 21 registered voters cast their ballot. In Wundanyi, out of 21 registered voters, 11 voted and in Taveta a total four inmates voted out of the 11 registered.

“Some of the registered voters have been released from prisons and that is why we did not meet target,” he said.

“The problem is that once one has been released from prison he or she is not allowed to be seen within the precincts of the facility. We have however allowed them to come and exercise their constitution right to vote for presidential candidates of their choice,” said Bakari.

He said some of those who voted are serving life sentence.

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