Mike Sonko claims child trafficking at Pumwani Hospital
3 months ago, 20 Sep 07:02
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has introduced a new twist to the raging debate on the rot at Pumwani Hospital, suggesting that the 12 bodies he found hidden in boxes and polythene bags were part of a child-trafficking racket.
“The only reason why the bodies were stored was because they are used as an excuse to sale babies,” he said in an interview with Citizen TV on Wednesday evening.
“The bodies have not been stored for nothing. They are stored because it is an excuse they need in order to sale babies,” he went on, vowing not to forgive the individuals involved should the ongoing investigations reveal them.
He added: “Women routinely give birth but they are misled into believing that their children died at birth. They are then shown the dead bodies while their children are sold to child traffickers.”
His claims echoed the sentiments expressed by senators when they debated the issue on Tuesday.
In a debate triggered by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen said he suspected child trafficking at the referral hospital.
“This could be the case of child traffickers…that is why they were kept for long without burial or being taken to a morgue because they are used as an excuse to allow those involved in child trafficking to plan their deeds,” Mr Murkomen told the House.
“This is a slavery of untold magnitude. High level cartels are involved in this business and the committee should be bold and get to the bottom of the matter.”
The House demanded thorough investigations into the matter and audit of the situation in hospitals across Kenya to save the healthcare system from paralysis.
“The county government should explain its budgetary allocation to the hospital and whether such allocations can facilitate seamless day-to-day operations of the facility,” Mr Sakaja said.
He said there is need for the matter to be investigated by a joint Health and Security committees of the Senate and the National Assembly, expressing fear that child traffickers may be running riot at Pumwani.
Speaker Ken Lusaka gave the two committees the go ahead to probe the matter.
The committee of health will look into the day to day operations of the hospital while the one on security will focus on the security around the facility.
During the Wednesday night interview, Mr Sonko dismissed accusations that his decision to storm the hospital on Monday was part of his political theatrics.
He hailed his leadership style as the panacea of entrenched cartels in the capital, vowing never to relent until all the corrupt elements are kicked out of town.
The governor said he stormed into Pumwani after he received a distress SMS from an unnamed Nairobian over the suffering of expectant women.
“It was not a PR stunt, nor was it a political game. It was about human life,” he said.
The governor used the show to explain himself on a day he was assailed of having engineered the problem at the facility for ...
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