Sonko promises Ksh.50K reward for child theft tip at Pumwani
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Sunday promised a reward of Ksh.50,000 to any doctor or officer who will report any attempt of child theft at Pumwani Maternity Hospital.
“Be vigilant if you hear any cases of child theft, send an alert immediately and get rewarded,” Sonko told security guards at Pumwani hospital during an impromptu visit at the health facility.
Governor Sonko was at the hospital at around 4am on a visit he termed as a follow up on his previous tour to the hospital where he discovered bodies of 12 infants stuffed in polythene bags and cartons.
A video capturing the Sunday morning surprise visit shows Sonko traversing the hospital premises and is heard questioning the facility’s staff on functionality of equipment in the theater room assuring to effect more changes in 14 days time.
Pumwani Maternity Hospital has been dogged by claims of child theft in addition to poor service delivery.
After discovering bodies of dead infants at the hospital, the governor claimed the bodies were being used as part of child trafficking.
According to Sonko, 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.
“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.