18 September 2018

Kenya: Pumwani Saga - Sonko Suspends Officials for Insubordination

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has suspended County Secretary Peter Kariuki and Health executive Vesca Kangogo over insubordination in the Pumwani Hospital saga.

During an impromptu visit of the hospital on Monday, Sonko found the bodies of 12 babies in boxes. He raised the alarm by streaming the raid live on his Facebook page.

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Others who were suspended on Tuesday were Health Chief Officer Mahat Jimale and County Attorney Lydia Kwamboka.

In their places, Mr Sonko appointed four officials in acting capacity.

They are Pauline Kahiga (County Secretary), Charles Kerich (health executive), Mohamed Saleh (chief officer) and Legal Affairs Director David Aseko (county attorney).

After the raid, Mr Sonko noted: "I want to categorically state that human life must be respected no matter the case. Stern action will be taken against anyone found to be sabotaging the good services offered to our mothers and sisters who come to deliver in this facility."

Earlier today, Ms Kangogo and Mr Jimale contradicted the Governor regarding the conduct of workers at Pumwani.

The two defended the workers against allegations of negligence, pushing to the fore the question of whether the hospital has proper facilities and a sufficient budget.

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