Fresh Charge for Ugandan in Babies Saga

A Ugandan linked to the so-called miracle babies was yesterday charged with child theft – barely two days after the State dropped the same count.

Mrs Myriam Nyeko, an associate of London-based Kenyan preacher Gilbert Deya, faced a new count of unlawfully obtaining a birth certificate for child Daniel Rwot Omio.

The State had dropped a case in which Mrs Nyeko was jointly charged with pastor Deya’s wife Mary and Mrs Rose Kiserem. Mrs Deya and Mrs Kiserem were then enjoined in the new case.

The move sparked protests from defence lawyers Kiraithe Wandungi and Cliff Ombeta, who termed it “a manifestation of judicial cowardice”.

The three women were arrested on August 8 after the media carried the “miracle babies” story.

Together with pastor Deya, they were charged with stealing a child named Naomi Deya from Nairobi’s Pumwani Maternity Hospital. The pastor was charged in absentia as he is still in London.

Mrs Nyeko who also lives in Britain, was separately charged with stealing baby Omio at Huruma estate, Nairobi, in February.

On Monday, the prosecution terminated the case against her and promised not to charge her again.

Prosecutor William Kemboi said the State had considered all the facts and concluded that the case should be terminated. He also pledged that police would return all her documents.

Soon after being released, Mrs Nyeko broke into tears of joy and called pastor Deya to break the news.

But yesterday, the three appeared before Nairobi chief magistrate Wilson Muiruri and denied stealing baby Omio from a parent or guardian.

This time, the State claimed that the baby was stolen between July 19 and August 19, and not in February.

The prosecution said he was stolen from Nairobi’s Mountain View estate, and not Huruma as stated in the previous charge.

It was also alleged that, on July 27, Mrs Nyeko obtained the birth certificate under the name David Rwot Omio Nyeko at Sheria House, Nairobi, pretending that she was his biological mother.

Mr Wandungi said the trial was an abuse of the law and justice and that the prosecutor had fooled the court.

But Mr Kemboi explained that the charge was different and based on new facts obtained after thorough investigations.

The court ordered each accused released on a Sh1 million bond, the same bail term as in the previous case. The hearing was set for January 16.

Last month, the attorney-general dropped charges against Mr Michael Odera and his wife Eddah who had been accused of stealing baby Christopher Ihugo Mbugua in Njoro, Nakuru district.

The offence was said to have been committed on January 21, 2000.

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Dec. 22, 2004
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