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The baby market of Pumwani maternity

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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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PS Marwa sued for child support

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Labour and Social Protection Principal Secretary Nelson Marwa has been sued for child support.

A 27 year-old woman has filed a case in a Kitale court seeking to compel Mr Marwa to pay for the minor’s upkeep.

According to court documents, the woman alleges that Mr Marwa has neglected his duties after siring her one year-old daughter.

She claims the PS only settled a Ksh50,000 hospital bill after which he absconded his duties.

Marwa has refuted the claims saying he has no knowledge of the woman or the child. He also claims he has not supported the woman financially

On his part, Marwa held that he had no knowledge of the woman or the child refuting claims that he had ever supported her financially.

“At no time have I supported the plaintiff or the alleged child,” he maintained.

Both parties will have to present themselves for DNA testing and the case will be heard on April 23.

source:nairobinews

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Janet Mbugua opens up on her battle with painful prolonged menses

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Media personality Janet Mbugua has opened up on her long battle with endometriosis that made her skip work and school days.

Through a series of posts on Instagram, the former news anchor revealed that she had extremely painful menses but getting a diagnosis was such a relief.

“This was me in 2015. Ten years earlier, in 2005, I had just undergone a laparoscopy for deep ovarian endometriosis, also known as endometriomas or ovarian cysts.

“It causes the formation of cavities within the ovary that fill with blood. It had been years, literally since high school, of painful, prolonged periods that sometimes rendered me unable to go to class or to the office, especially during the first few days of my cycle.

“Finally getting a diagnosis was such a breakthrough and I was put on birth control thereafter and have had to continue using this, except for the times we were trying for a baby,” she said.

Janet Mbugua

Mbugua added that she still has to take medication during her periods and advised ladies that painful prolonged periods are not normal.

“Until today, if I don’t take my medication, I’ll struggle during my period. Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years (i.e. usually between the ages of 15 to 49), which is approximately 176 million women in the world…Let’s talk periods and most importantly, let’s talk period pain.

“Because ladies (and gents), a very painful, prolonged period is NOT normal,” she remarked.

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Mungatana’s wife dies in Nairobi

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The wife to former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana died on Monday night while undergoing dialysis at the Coptic hospital in Nairobi.

Violet Mungatana, known to close friends and family as Mama Elsie, and who wa the first wife to the politician, had been admitted at the facility for the last one month.

Deputy president William Ruto led Kenyan leaders in eulogizing the late Violet as a kind, devoted family woman who stood out for her warm heart.

“Condolences to family and friends of former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana following the death of his wife, Violet Mungatana. She was a devoted family woman; kind and welcoming, who stood out for her generosity and warm heart. Rest In Peace,” said Dr Ruto in a statement.

Mr Mungatana.

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