Nine inmates escaped from custody at Bomet police station after cutting metal doors behind cells.
Bomet Sub-County Police Chief Musa Omar Imamai said the nine fugitives – 5 adults and 4 children – managed to escape using a small opening that they created.
The detainees had been charged with various offenses and were due to appear in court on Monday.
Mr Imamai said one of the escapees had been re-arrested and was assisting police with information that could lead to the arrest of others.
“Bomet and Kericho prisons do not have children’s facilities, so juveniles detained or with pending court cases are detained at facilities instead of jail, which is why we had four cents. Our guards,” said the police chief.
He added that the case was being investigated to determine how the inmates were able to cut down the doors without tax officials seeing.
Three fugitive adults – Clinton Nyakundi, Dominic Cheruiyot and Titus Rotich – committed the same robbery while Erick Bett and Victor Korir were detained for possession.