Mama Lucy Hospital CEO, administrator released in child trafficking case

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Mama Lucy Hospital CEO and administrator can now breath easy after they were released by a Nairobi court over the child trafficking accusations.

Magistrate Bernard Ochoi released Emma Mutio and Regina Musembi after the prosecution told the court the police did not have compelling evidence against them.

The magistrate also ruled that the Deputy Director of medical services at Nairobi Metropolitan Services, Musa Mohammed, and two social workers Makallah Fred Leparan and Selina Awour to be charged with child trafficking offences.

The prosecution submitted that police had completed investigations there was enough evidence to charge them.

However, Mohammed with plead to the charges at a different date after the court was informed that he is sick and admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital.

The police has requested the court to grant them orders to detain the suspects for another ten days in order for them to complete investigations.

Mutio and Musembi’s lawyer Danstan Omari said that the alleged child trafficking syndicate started last year while the CEO was still worki g at Mbagathi Hospital. She had only been at Mama Lucy Hospital for ten days when she was arrested.

The lawyer questioned how the police could arrest somebody and seek to detain them on grounds that they do not know where they stay yet they have families and careers.

“Police have done investigations and found that they are clean. Who will compensate their spoilt names as the whole world has seen them as child traffickers?” Omari questioned adding that he would take instructions on that.

The case was aired by BBC news after their investigative journalists send undercover to try and unearth the syndicate.