Furious residents protest ‘sale of infants’ to unspecified nurse

Furious residents of Mutunguru village in Gatundu South constituency have protested ‘sale of infants’ to an unspecified nurse at Karatu sub county health facility.

The angry residents most of who are women and who held a peaceful demonstration at the village shopping centre accused a frail woman in the area who they said has been conspiring with the nurse to sell newborn babies.

Lydiah Wanjiku Chege in her late 60’s is said to have conspired with a nurse to sell a 1-day-old baby belonging to her daughter identified as Hannah GathoniMacharia.

Although mother of the ‘sold-child’ has two more children, she is reported to be mentally challenged raising concern on whether her mother took advantage of her condition to engineer the deal.

The old woman, believed to be a member of ‘bad faith’ religion has also been rebuked for kicking out her elderly daughter with three children outside her house.

The daughter recognized as Hannah Wangui Macharia has been renting a house at Mutunguru shopping centre despite their mother having a big home that can accommodate the two daughters with their children.

The grandchildren of the woman in question are said to have been born outside wedlock stamping a serious problem in the family.

Daisy Muthoni, a Nyumba Kumi official said that a social worker took away with the child right after she was delivered at home.

Women who had information pertaining to the child-birth flocked the house and upon realizing the conspiracy demanded the motive behind it.

We are devastated by the vice of mothers selling their newborns and we have left our tea-plucking businesses to ensure that the nation knows Mutunguru village has rejected the depravity, said EverlyneMunai, a resident.

The protestors demanded to have the child given back to the mother vowing to help her raise the child if poverty had accelerated.

This is not the first time to have the same woman sell children to unknown people. If parents don’t bare the pain of giving birth, then we wonder whether it’s a ratwho gave birth or a woman, charged Caroline Wanja, a resident.

However, responding to the assertions, Gatundu South Children’s Officer, Gabriel Kitili said that the child adoption agreement between the mother and the government through a social worker was arrived after it was revealed that the mother’s health condition was not fit for her to bring up the baby.

Kitili who confirmed that the child had indeed been hospitalized at Gatundu Level 5 hospital right after birth revealed that the infant had been put under special care and alternative milking system.

The life of the mother has been tough; her health condition is also not conducive to bring up the baby. There was an agreement that upon birth, the child would be adopted by the government, he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency