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Children are being sold like bananas at Pumwani Maternity Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya’s biggest maternity facility.

A group of brokers tout infants and haggle over prices as if the children are merchandise.

Last evening, a 27-year-old woman was detained by police in Nairobi for attempting to sell a newborn to undercover journalists.

The woman, Ms Caroline Kathure Gitonga, spent the night at Shauri Moyo Police Station after a joint investigation by the Daily Nation and NTV exposed her attempt to sell the baby, whom she claimed was hers, shortly after being discharged from the hospital.

The investigation exposes a well-oiled and daring baby theft and smuggling syndicate operating within the corridors of the hospital.

It was not clear whether the hospital staff are part of the syndicate, but the brokers claim to act on behalf of mothers and they operate freely within the hospital.

MONEY WOES

In a dramatic probe that started from Nation Centre on Kimathi Street in the city and ended at Pumwani Hospital,  journalists who posed as buyers sealed the purchase for the eight-day-old baby for a meagre Sh50,000.

The day of drama started with a mid-morning call to the undercover journalists indicating that a broker had identified a woman who was willing to sell her baby boy.

Journalists rushed to the hospital, but Ms Gitonga said she was uncomfortable discussing the “deal” within the hospital, and so she had asked to be discharged.

She had travelled from Meru to Nairobi to deliver the baby, who weighed 2.8 kilogrammes at birth.

Our team waited for her to be discharged while at the same time alerting police officers and child welfare staff of the impending transaction.

Outside the hospital, Ms Gitonga explained to the journalists that she wanted to sell her baby because she had financial problems. She has two other children, she explained.

“Niko na shida, na sina wazazi (I have a lot of problems, and I am an orphan,” she said.

DEAL

Ms Gitonga initially asked for Sh70,000 for the baby, but after a short session of bargaining, held at a restaurant near the hospital, agreed to Sh50,000.

She had her name tag and hospital documents to show that the baby was hers, but she had not named the little bundle of joy she cradled in her arms.

Asked what we should name him, Ms Gitonga answered: “Mtampatia jina wenyewe. Si sasa ni wenu? (You will name him as you wish. He is now yours.)

Reporters kept Ms Gitonga engaged after reaching the sale agreement, convincing her to wait a little longer for the money since the full amount was not available immediately, and that someone was bringing the balance.

Unknown to her, reporters were waiting for child welfare officers to come and rescue the baby.

Ms Gitonga was arrested and her baby taken into the custody of the emergency rescue and rapid response officers as police investigate whether the baby is, indeed, hers.

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Jacque Maribe reveals she’s taken

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Media personality Jacque Maribe has revealed that she is taken.

Maribe, who’s Eric Omondi’s baby mama and ex-girlfriend, shared a branded cup with words ‘Mrs K’ and captioned it,

🥰Taken!

Jacque Maribe

The former Citizen TV, who has been keeping her relationship under wraps, is yet to reveal the identity of the man who has swept her off her feet in case there’s any.

In a recent interview, she said that she wasn’t romantically involved with Eric and they were just co-parenting.

‘I KEEP TELLING HIM [Eric] WE KINDA MESSED UP, CROSSING THE FRIENDSHIP LINE. WE WERE VERY GOOD FRIENDS FROM THE BEGINNING AND I DON’T KNOW WHY WE THOUGHT, THIS COULD WORK BUT THEN IF WE WERE ABLE TO COLLECT OURSELVES AGAIN AND BECOME FRIENDS, I DON’T THINK I WOULD EVER CROSS THAT LINE.’

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VIDEO: Akorino Gospel Singer Allan Aaron Remarries in the US After ‘Abandoning’ His First Wife in Kenya

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Allan Aaron, theamed US-based Kenyan Akorino gospel singer, has reportedly remarried after “abandoning his first wife and kids.”

Through a Facebook post, Aaron revealed he got married on January 2nd.

He however but did not reveal the identity of his new spouse or share her photos.

Recently, his ex wife Annie Shiku finally opened up about how he allegedly dumped her and their children after he left for the US.

She said Aaron cut communication with her barely three months after he landed in Boston.

The ‘Kiriro’ hitmaker was previously married to Ann Shiko and the two were blessed with four children, but is alleged that he abandoned his family a few months after he moved to the US to perform and minister the word of God.

“He started acting funny. He would not pick up my calls and whenever he did, he had very unkind words for me. After a while, there was no communication as he had blocked me,” she said.

She said he also stopped sending money, resulting in her struggling to raise school fees for their kids, rent, food, and other basic needs.

A year later, Aaron returned to the country without her knowledge and the two accidentally met at a funeral at Lang’ata Cemetery. After the burial, Aaron allegedly went to his parent’s home in Elburgon, Nakuru County.

“Together with my children, we waited and waited. He didn’t come. We saw him after two weeks when he came to pick up his belongings. He took his clothes and even the TV that our kids used to watch,” she recalled.

Shiko said her attempts to know what transpired were futile as Aaron would not listen to her even when church elders tried to intervene.

“I tried to beg him for forgiveness for things I could have done without knowing I was hurting him but all was in vain. Up to date, I don’t know the reason he left,” she said.

Shiko, who is also a musician, currently sells cars at a showroom along Kiambu Road.

She has revealed that  she is ready to remarry “if God sends me a suitor.”

Efforts to get a comment from Aaron proved futile with his phone going unanswered.

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‘I don’t want to bring another baby to the world,’ Senator’s wife cries

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Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura’s wife Nelius Mukami says the loss of two children from her triplets changed her perspective of life.

Speaking to Massawe Japanni on Radio Jambo, Nelius, who doubles up as a writer and an entrepreneur, says she is still afraid to become pregnant again.

“I watched my children for three months in ICU and then two died, leaving me a broken person. That experience changed me as a mum and it took away my innocence of thinking that things will happen as you wish just because you are doing what you are supposed to do.”

Nelius added that to date she looks at a pregnant woman who ends up giving birth normally and blames her body.

“I ask myself, what did I do wrong? I blame my body for failing me since as a woman, you are supposed to carry a pregnancy and give birth but now, you see mine did not succeed.”

She says she is afraid to go through the experience again.

“I watched my baby suffer so much and I do not want to bring another baby to the world and suffer the same way my two babies suffered in hospital.”

Baby Njiru

Nelius’ son is four years old, and she says he is fine, apart from some delayed speech, which the doctor says is nothing to worry about.

“I tell people not to compare children as they are all different. I become very harsh to some people who try to compare my son since it’s me who understands his journey,” she said.

“Some are very mean. Some even ask me if we do not give him food. I mean, he was 1kg at birth and so he is doing so well now. People should stop commenting on other people’s babies.”

Baby Njiru

Although there is fear, Nelius says there is the confidence that she will be more prepared than that time.

Speaking about grief, Nelius said it is the last compassion you can give someone.

“I will grieve them for the rest of my life without pretending they were not there. I will not refuse to mention them and I celebrate them every day.”

By Mpasho.co.ke

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