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Three women arrested in baby selling syndicate

05 May 2014, 14:24 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Three women are being held at Vihiga police station after their attempt to sell a baby was thwarted.

The three were arrested last week when one of them, identified as Celina Achola, called the OCS Vihiga claiming that she had an abandoned child.

“After she had called, I talked to her and asked her to come to the police station the following day (Wednesday), where she came with the baby. She said that she had been staying with the baby for around twenty days,” Judith Nyongesa, the OCS said.

What raised concern was how the woman insisted on adopting the child without following the due procedures, and was told that the law does not allow her to adopt the child bearing in mind that she is over sixty years of age.

Achola however insisted that she had a younger daughter who could then be allowed to take the child for adoption if she was not allowed to.

Members of the public came afterwards to the police station and tipped the police that the child had not been abandoned, but was in the process of being sold.

“After following the story keenly, we found out that the child had been born at Jamii Clinic, which is a few meters from the police station, on April 9, 2014 and was given the necessary registration documents at the Vihiga Health Centre on April 10,” Nyongesa said.

According to the documentation at the health centre, the child’s mother was registered as Rispar Adhiambo, whereas the real mother to the child who is now detained at Vihiga police station is identified as Shovil Musimbi, a 21 year old.

The clinic where she delivered is owned by Pamella Nyangweso, who says that she was brought to the clinic to deliver by Ms Achola and had the identification cards reading that she was Rispar Adhiambo.

Musimbi comes from Bukuga village in Vihiga County, and Adhiambo has been identified by the police as an employee of Fly Emirates Company.

Sources say that the Adhiambo’s husband was the one who stood in her way of buying the child, leading to the delay and consequently the whole saga had to leak out the members of the public after Celina was seen with a newborn despite not having been pregnant.

The OCS said that Musimbi’s parents had known that she was pregnant but she later told them that she had aborted the child, but they didn’t take any further action.   

The mother of the child, Shovil Musimbi was arraigned in court on Friday where she was charged with failing to take good care of the child, whereas Celina was charged with giving the police false information, but the court couldn’t decide on anything as investigations had not been completed.

The clinic owner was not taken to court but has however been detained to act as a witness.

The child, a boy, was taken to Bukura Children’s Home as investigations into the saga continues.

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