NMS Director To Be Charged With Child Trafficking Offences

A Nairobi Court on Monday, November 23 gave a go ahead to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji to charge Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) Deputy Director of Medical Services Musa Mohammed Ramadhan with child trafficking offences.

The NMS director will be charged alongside two other social workers, Makallah Fred and Selina Awour, at the Mama Lucy Hospital.

In his ruling, Senior Principal Magistrate Benard Ochi cleared Mama Lucy Hospital’s CEO Emma Mutio of any wrong doing.

The magistrate also discharged three other suspects, Juliana Mbete a hospital administrator, Beatrice Njambi who is in charge of the newborn unit at the facility and Administrative officer Regina Musembi.

However, the NMS director did not take plea as the court was told that he is sick and had been admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital.

The suspects were arrested last week after detectives unearthed a child trafficking syndicate in Nairobi.

A screen grab of the BBC expose on the child-theft syndicate. Photo/Courtesy

“During an operation by police to unearth the organised crime, police officers noted with a lot of concern that local public hospitals and children homes within Nairobi are involved.”

“In the course of the investigations and operations, it is unfortunate that it was realised senior medical officers in collision with the child smugglers are highly involved,” Inspector-General of police Hillary Mutyambai stated.

The officer was allegedly exposed by the BBC investigative story in which he was captured on camera negotiating with an undercover journalist in a well-planned plot to sell a child who had been abandoned at the Mama Lucy Hospital.

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