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Tussle over ‘miracle babies’

The East African Standard, Kenya
Aug. 23, 2004
Evelyn Kwamboka • Monday August 23, 2004

After a fortnight of mind-boggling revelations of “miracle babies“, there is fresh controversy pitting couples claiming to be parents of the children.

Last weekend, two couples came forward to claim one baby boy aged five, saying they were ready to go for DNA tests to prove to the world the boy was theirs.

The couples said they saw the boys picture in last Mondays edition of the East African Standard, tried matching it with those of their other children and found it to be that of their son who disappeared mysteriously.

Daniel Wesonga, whom Mr Michael Odera and his wife Eddah claim to be their first born child, was allegedly born at Mama Lucy clinic in Huruma on June 22, 1999.

One of the couples based in Nyeri, Philip Muriungi and his wife, said the baby disappeared moments after he was delivered at Pumwani Maternity hospital in 1999.

“My baby who I got through caesarian birth disappeared moments after birth,” said the woman.

The Muriungis said nurses at the hospital informed them that the baby had died.

Duncan Muli Munyao, is also confident that the boy is his. Munyao who runs a Jua Kali business in Nairobis Kibera slums, stormed the CID headquarters demanding to be given his son back.

He said the boy named Bahati Muli disappeared at the age of four in June 2001.

“My wife Ruth Kesiba had just arrived from Makueni District and left the boy playing at our doorstep to go and buy vegetables at a nearby kiosk. When she returned, Kesiba was shocked to find the boy missing and alerted neighbours who searched for him in vain,” said Muli.

Carrying a picture he took with the boy few months before he disappeared from home, Muli a father of two, said he had searched for his baby in vain, including engaging the services of a witchdoctor.

The two couples are not alone. Lucy Wamaitha Ondieki travelled all the way from Njoro, Nakuru, to the CID headquarters to demand the custody of her son who was allegedly stolen in January 2000.

The woman who was accompanied by her husband Francis Mbugua, claimed their son Christopher Ihugo was stolen at the age of 14 months from their home in Njoro.

“If you compare the picture I have with that on the newspapers, it is of my lost baby,” Lucy said amid sobs.

The couple who also have a four-year-old baby girl, Joan Waitherero, claims James Juma who was reportedly born on December 23, 2000, was their son.

Another couple claim they were duped by nurses at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital and that one of the babies was theirs and that it was stolen at the health facility.

Doreen Makena and Patrick Waweru said their son also disappeared shortly after he was delivered but the couple say they were never shown the body.

Makena said she was suspicious when the nurses “buried” the body on December 31, 2002, an exercise she never witnessed.

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