Police arrest doctor in babies saga probe

Police are holding a doctor linked to the “miracle babies” saga.

Dr Dunson Njoroge, who allegedly owns Mama Lucy clinics where the babies were born, was arrested few minutes after clearing himself at the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board offices in Nairobi.

The doctor dressed in an expensive brown suit, was shocked when three detectives told him that he was under arrest, immediately he walked out of the boardroom.

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He was whisked through the office’s back door and bundled into a waiting car.

Earlier on, the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist was picked from his Kenda House second floor clinic by the board officials. The officials led by the Chairman Prof Julius Kyambi, found the doctor locking the main door to the clinic and demanded to be shown round.

Inside the clinic, the shaken doctor said he as forced to close last Tuesday to attend his sister in-law’s burial in Nakuru. “The clinic is dusty because we have not opened since Tuesday last week,” he said.

However, the doctor who is a University of Nairobi graduate has been operating the clinic since 1986.

Inside the clinic, Kyambi and his team were shocked to find only one bed in the doctor’s room and no sign of ENT equipment. “He has been operating this clinic illegally because he applied for a license in 1998 but the board has not seen him since then,” Kyambi said.

The board closed the clinic and ordered him to comply with the rules and regulations laid down for practicing doctors before he is allowed to operate.

On the issue of Mama Lucy clinic, Njoroge said he was shocked to see his name on the daily newspapers. “It is a miracle on how they got my certificates,” he said.

At Mama Lucy clinic, an administrator, David Ochieng’, told police last week the certificates belonged to Njoroge as the proprietor. At a clinic in Ngomongo, the story was the same.

He told journalists that he has engaged the services of his lawyers Wandugu and Kamau Kinga and Company Advocates on the issue.

The detectives also raided Mrs Mary Deya’s house in Mountain View where they impounded the Ugandan woman’s passport.

Edith Ezedom, who has a British passport, lied to the officers last week that she left it at the British Embassy when applying for her baby’s passport.

The officers attached to CID headquarters, ransacked her bedroom in the expensively furnished house yesterday.

The group moved to Rev Rose Kipserem’s house in Githurai 44, where they were shocked to find a fax machine operating on an international line.

The officers went to search for documents at the house after Kipserem told them that she only had her five children’s passports but no birth certificates. “She said her husband kept the birth certificates but we got them finally,” said a police source.

The woman, who was arrested along with archbishop Gilbert Deya wife, has four sons and a daughter.

During the search, her sons Tom, Paul and Freddie who were outside when the detectives arrived, asked if they could call their father who works in Industrial Area but she refused.

“The truth will come out soon. Tell your father that I am fine and will be home in a few days time,” she said.

Kipserem stays in a two bedroom house with her sons who are aged between 9 to 20 years old.

Meanwhile, there was drama at CID headquarters yesterday when a couple accompanied by their village elder arrived from Rombo District in Tanzania to claim one of the babies found in Deya’s house.

Congesta Felozi and her husband Cypriano Erenet, arrived at 7.30 am accompanied by Richard Baska, saying Ruth Deya was their child stolen on December 5, 1998.

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The East African Standard, Kenya
Aug. 24, 2004
Evelyn Kwamboka and Daniel Nzia

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