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2 women in court over child trafficking

27 March 2013, 16:51 Cecilia Gaitho, Olive Ndwiga, Beryle Onyango

A witness on Tuesday testified in a case in which two women were allegedly involved in child trafficking on February 13, 2012 at Kathangariri village in Embu County.

The witness, Francis Muriithi, who is also a private medical practitioner, told an Embu court that one of the women, Laurenzia Njoki, called him to inquire if he knew any children’s orphanage.

Muriithi told the court that Njoki informed him that another woman, Joyce Murugi Wawira, was pregnant and wanted to procure an abortion since she was not in a position to raise a third child due to low income.  

He said he advised her to give the child up for adoption.  

He then met Murugi and connected her to a social worker in a children’s home in Nairobi, who then connected her to a barren woman who was in need of adopting a child.  

Muriithi said he thoroughly scrutinized medical documents produced by the barren woman to prove that her fallopian tubes were blocked and could not bear a child.  

Njoki then sold the baby aged one month to the barren woman for KES 100 000 without following the legal procedure.  

Laurenzia Njoki, the second accused, gave Murugi KES 10 000 so as to obtain consent for sale of the child.  

The prosecutor Mulamula Imbwaga requested the court to give him more time to look into the testimony given by a second witness who claimed to have been harassed at the cells by police, which led her to recording a false statement.  

Embu Chief Magistrate Margaret Wachira fixed the hearing for April 5, 2013.

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