Police have arrested three medical officers from a public hospital linked to a child trafficking syndicate in Nairobi.
In a statement, Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai said that the police have unearthed a child trafficking syndicate in Nairobi that involves local public hospitals and children homes.
Mutyambai added that three suspects are helping in the investigations continue and more arrests will be made.
“In the course of investigations and operations, it is unfortunate that it was realized that senior medical officers in collusion with child smugglers are highly involved,” He said.
The IG also directed all County Police Commanders to work closely with local children officers and other local security agencies to immediately undertake investigations on matters touching on child trafficking.
He further urged members of the public to report any information on suspicious activities involving child trafficking.
This comes after a spike in cases of children being stolen for sale in Nairobi and other parts of the country.
In response, the government has constituted a multi-agency team to investigate allegations of child trafficking in the country.
Labour and Protection Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui condemned the alleged stealing and sales of babies in Nairobi.
“A team of officers from relevant government agencies has been constituted to exhaustively investigate the allegations carried out and take necessary action.”
“The attention of the Government is drawn to reportage about the safety of children in our country. We condemn in the strongest terms possible the alleged stealing and sale of babies in Nairobi and in any other part of the country,” said Labour and Social Protection CS Simon Chelugui.
The CS cautioned individuals buying children saying that they will be met with the full force of the law.
“Kenya takes pride in and is protective of its children, for they are our heritage; our assurance for tomorrow,” he added.
Kenya is a signatory to several international conventions and protocols that protect the rights and welfare of our children.