Father Hides Baby in Bag to Escape Ksh56K KNH Bill

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  • Desperate times call for desperate measures. A father was, on Monday, charged after he was caught trying to smuggle his daughter out of Kenyatta National Hospital to avoid settling a bill.

    According to court papers, Bonface Murage Wangechi, 22, had hidden his baby in a bag and tried to walk out of a Ksh 56, 937 hospital bill.

    He was intercepted by security guards of the hospital while carrying a blue bag on February 16, 2019, who forcefully opened it only to find a baby.

    Bonface Murage Wangechi at Milimani Law courts during the hearing; Courtesy Citizen Digital

    After further investigations were carried, they discovered that the baby had been admitted at the facility for one month.

    In his defence, however, Murage, after pleading guilty, revealed that he had made the move because he did not have money to settle the hospital bill.

    Appearing before Resident Magistrate Muthoni Nzibe, the father further disclosed that he feared his wife and daughter would stay at the facility forever if he did not act.

    After he was apprehended, the hospital repossessed the baby and his wife while he was detained.

    He was remanded until February 19, 2019, when the judge will deliver her ruling.

    This comes a month after another man, Samson Arubwere, 35, was apprehended by the authorities sneaking bhang into KNH.

    A security guard doing a routine security check came across the consignment and alerted police officers who arrested the suspect.

    He was found at KNH's Accident and Emergency entrance with 24 rolls of bhang valued at Ksh 1,200.

    Bonface Murage Wangechi